The Airports Commission Report: Carbon Emissions, Air Quality and Noise Contents

Formal Minutes

Thursday 26 November 2015

Members present:

Huw Irranca-Davies, in the Chair

Peter Aldous

Jo Churchill

Mary Creagh

Geraint Davies

Zac Goldsmith

Margaret Greenwood

Peter Heaton-Jones

Mr Peter Lilley

Caroline Lucas

John Mc Nally

Rebecca Pow

Draft Report (The Airports Commission Report: Carbon Emissions, Air Quality and Noise), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 8 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 9 read.

Amendment proposed, in line 6, at end insert—“However, it would be absurd to try to ration carbon dioxide emissions by rationing runway capacity. Emissions should be rationed (if at all) by price (set at a level of the calculated external cost they may impose) or by capping allowances. Regulating secondary targets like the number of flights or runway capacity is necessarily sub-optimal.” (Mr Peter Lilley)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

Question negatived.

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 10 to 13 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 14 read.

Amendment proposed, in line 7, after “case” insert—“In which case the Act may need to be modified.” (Mr Peter Lilley)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

Question negatived.

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 15 to 28 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 29 read.

Amendment proposed, in line 7, leave out from “assumption” to “Finally” and insert—“The Government will therefore face an unpalatable choice between introducing demand management i.e. rationing who will be allowed to fly or relaxing the overall emissions reduction target in the Climate Change Act.” (Mr Peter Lilley)

Question put, That the Amendment be made.

Question negatived.

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 30 to 89 read and agreed to.

Summary agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

Written evidence was ordered to be reported to the House for publishing with the Report, in addition to that ordered to be reported for publishing on 16 September, 14 October and 4 November.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 2 December at 2.00 pm




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