§ Mr. Chope
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how long the Government Office of the South West took to decide whether or not to call in the planning application submitted by Bournemouth International Airport for a new passenger terminal; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Beverley Hughes
The planning application which Bournemouth International Airport submitted to Christchurch Borough Council on 28 November 1997 was referred to the Government Office for the South West on664W 21 July 1999. The application was called in for the Secretary of State's own determination, after careful consideration of all the issues, on 20 December 1999.