§ Ms Estelle Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made in talks with the United States Government on access by United States airlines to Birmingham international airport; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Norris
Liberalisation of routes from the United States to United Kingdom regional airports has been a consistent priority of this Government. In December the United Kingdom tabled a proposal which would give immediate open access to regional routes, including to Birmingham. We hope that the United States Government will consider our proposal seriously.