SoS responds to Davies

Secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin has responded to the publication of the Airports Commission report with a statement in the House of Commons promising action.

Without saying that the Government would adopt or agree the recommendation that another runway be built at Heathrow, he promised the Government would read and consider the “substantial and innovative evidence base” that the Commission has produced.

He then said that the Government would “decide on the best way for achieving planning consents quickly and fairly if expansion is to go ahead”, and that he would come back to Parliament “in the autumn” to provide clear direction on the government’s plans.

He described the report as “clear and reasoned”, and evidence-based.

He concluded: “We must act”.

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