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Mr Hoon outlined a series of measures to limit noise and emissions but said doing nothing to expand capacity at Heathrow would "damage our economy".
The debate was halted and local MP John McDonnell thrown out after he grabbed the mace and shouted "disgrace".
He told MPs the government was satisfied environmental targets could be met, as it would put an initial cap on additional flights from the new runway of 125,000, would ensure new slots were "green slots" used by only the "cleanest planes" and would set a new target on aircraft emissions - that they would be lower in 2050 than in 2005.
Originally posted by Merigold
Expansion and growth in London cannot be stopped, enviornmental concerns or not.
If the Green Lobby is really concerned they will do something about the need for affordable and efficent public transport in Southeast England. I suspect that the millions of cars are on the road do a hell of a lot more damage then the planes.
They will kick and scream, but in the end, there WILL be a third runway - best to use the resources of the green lobby for something which they can win.
Originally posted by Britguy
I have heard MP's speak of the kudos in having Heathrow have the "worlds busiest airport" tag as some badge of honour. Why is this so important to them?