§ Sir Trevor Skeet
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what restraints are likely to be placed on development and use of Thurleigh airport, in accordance with Her Majesty's Government business aviation policy; and what effect further developments at Luton and Stansted will have on such limitation.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
Bedford (Thurleigh) airfield is not one of the airports round London identified by the Government as suitable to provide alternative facilities for business aircraft no longer able to use Heathrow or Gatwick. So business aviation policy will not govern Thurleigh's future. How much scope there might be for handling other air traffic from Thurleigh in addition to that from Luton and Stansted would depend on the nature, volume and timing of that traffic.