| AVIATION POLICY
THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW GOVERNMENT AVIATION POLICY
SSE AVIATION POLICY RESPONSE (31 October 2012)
SSE Submission to House of Commons Transport Committee (19 October 2012)
SSE'S Covering Letter to the Department for Transport on its response
to the Aviation Scoping Consultation (17 October 2011)
SSE'S Response to the Aviation Scoping Consultation (October 2011)
SSE'S Response Annex A to the Aviation Scoping Consultation (October 2011)
SSE'S Response Annex B to the Aviation Scoping Consultation (October 2011)
SSE'S Response to the Labour Transport Policy Review (5 August 2011)
SSE'S Paper "Aviation, jobs and the UK economy" (August 2011)
SSE'S Paper "For richer and poorer? Who really benefits from cheap flights?" (August 2011)
SSE'S Response to the Reform of Air Passenger Duty Consultation (17 June 2011)
SSE Press Release (5 April 2011)
Shortly after the Coalition Government came to power in May 2010, it announced that it would carry out a review of UK aviation policy. Around the same time, the Labour Party also announced that it would carry out a review of its aviation policy.
The Government's policy review process started in March 2011 with the publication of 'Developing a sustainable framework for UK aviation: Scoping document'. SSE's submitted a detailed response to this - 40 pages, including two annexes - in October 2011.
The next stage of the Government's policy review process began in July 2012 with the publication of the 'Draft Aviation Policy Framework'. Again, SSE submitted a detailed response, in October 2012. The Government intends to publish the final version of its 'Aviation Policy Framework' in March 2013.
The policy review process has so far not directly addressed the thorny question of the UK's airport capacity. The Coalition Agreement rules out any new runways at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted but this commitment is only valid for the lifetime of the present Coalition Government i.e. until May 2015. Thereafter, it seems that all options are back on the table.
In September 2012, the Government appointed Sir Howard Davies to head up an independent 'Airports Commission' tasked with examining the requirement for any additional airport capacity in the UK and, if there is found to be a need for more airport capacity, recommending where and when that need should be met.
SSE is playing an active role in the aviation policy review process and our submissions will continue to be published on this page of our website. As always, we would welcome any comments and feedback on these submissions from our members and the wider public.