Members of both Houses of Parliament met on Tuesday 18th July 2017 in the House of Commons to formally establish the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Heathrow Expansion.
The purpose of the APPG is to examine issues relating to the proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport and scrutinise the economic, environmental and social impacts of the proposal.
Zac Goldsmith MP (Con, Richmond Park) said, “This APPG will play a vital role in bringing together parliamentarians to question the proposals for a third runway at Heathrow. The recent reductions in estimated economic benefit from the project mean that the political support for the campaign opposing expansion is growing everyday. The delay to the vote on the National Policy Statement (NPS) reflects the serious concern the Government has about the possibility of defeat.”
Ruth Cadbury MP (Lab, Brentford and Isleworth) said, “I look forward to working with colleagues to highlight that expansion at Heathrow is simply not deliverable. There are far too many unanswered questions on key issues that affect our communities including the complete absence of information about flight paths, the questionable quality of the noise mitigation offer, the costs of the surface access improvements and the financial liabilities that will ultimately be picked up by taxpayers.”
Sir Vince Cable MP (Lib Dem, Twickenham) said, “I am delighted to be involved in this APPG to continue to demonstrate my long-standing opposition to Heathrow expansion. The Liberal Democrats position is clear and unequivocal. It is obvious that the Government should stop pursuing an agenda that will exacerbate the seriously poor quality of London’s air, undermine the public’s physical and mental health and make our climate change targets impossible to meet.”