Sep 04 2013

Gareth Says: RAF Northolt flights increase from 7,000 to 12,000

gareth_thomas_headshot1Gareth Thomas MP tables Parliamentary Questions in a bid to extract more information from the Secretary of State for Defence.

Local MP for Harrow West, Gareth Thomas, has tabled several Parliamentary Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond MP, asking for more information on the increased number of flights to and from RAF Northolt.

The Government recently announced that it had completed a review looking into various options for the future of RAF Northolt. The Government decided that the existing selfimposed limit of 7,000 commercial movements per year will be increased to 12,000 over the next three years.

Gareth Thomas MP has asked for the Secretary of State for Defence to publish the responses of his Department’s consultations on increasing the number of civilian flights in and out of RAF Northolt. In addition to this, Mr Thomas asked which organisations were consulted by the Department before the decision to increase the number of civilian flights was taken.

Mr Thomas has also asked the Secretary of State for Defence about the projected extra total revenue the increase in flights is likely to make and to comment on the assessments that were made regarding the possible increase in all forms of pollution.

The Secretary of State for Defence has not yet responded.

Gareth Thomas MP said: “I have tabled a series of Parliamentary Questions because my understanding was that the RAF Northolt base had a self imposed ceiling of 7,000 commercial flights per year. I am interested to know the reasoning behind the decision to increase the flights to 12,000 per year, and whether the consultation by the Department was carried out to a satisfactory standard. I also want to know why I or Harrow Council were not consulted on these plans given that the flightpaths from and to RAF Northolt go over our borough.”

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