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Government review into the future of aviation

The House of Commons Transport Committee has today announced that it will conduct an inquiry into the future of aviation.

The Government's 2003 White Paper 'The Future of Air Transport', reviewed aviation in the UK and set out why expansion at Heathrow and a second runway at Stansted should go ahead However oppposition MPs have criticised the paper for being outdated and not taking account of recent environmental legislation.

Todays announcement said "the Government has accepted that the UK's share of international aviation emissions should be 'taken into account' when setting carbon budgets for the rest of the UK economy."

Under the Climate Change Act the Government must then, by the end of 2012, either make regulations to fully include international aviation emissions within UK carbon budgets, or make a statement to Parliament explaining why it has not done so.

The inquiry will also be looking into what extent rail can replace short haul flights

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