Margot James urges the Transport Select Committee to hear representations from Birmingham business organisations and Birmingham airport as part of their new inquiry into the Government’s aviation policy. She highlights the new runway extension that should be completed by 2014 and will allow flights to regional cities in China, Brazil and South Africa.
Margot James (Stourbridge) (Con): Given the length of time involved in any solution that the Committee considers for the south-east, will the hon. Lady ensure that it hears representations from Birmingham business organisations, and also from Birmingham airport? A £40 million runway extension is expected to be completed at the airport by 2014, which will allow flights to various regional cities in China, Brazil, South Africa and many other countries with growing economies.
Mrs Ellman: I thank the hon. Lady for her comments, and, again, look forward to our receiving evidence along those lines.
We want the public to ensure that their voices are heard on this important issue. We aim to influence the Government during their policy development process with sensible but challenging recommendations, and to ensure that aviation policy is high on the agenda.