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Houses of Parliament Protest

Asked whether the Prime Minister had any views about the protest taking place, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that we would not be commenting on this particular incident. The Government’s general position on Heathrow was that there was an ongoing consultation on the third runway that would close today. The Government supported a third runway at Heathrow in principle, provided strict local, environmental and noise conditions were met.

Asked repeatedly whether the Prime Minster was satisfied with the security of the House, the PMS replied that he would not be commenting on this particular incident. It was not clear what the full facts were at this point and it was a matter for the Parliamentary authorities.

Put that the protesters were saying that the consultation had been rigged to push a third runway through, the PMS said that anyone who had followed the issue of Heathrow expansion would find it difficult not to reach the conclusion that it hadn’t been anything other than a very lengthy and thorough consultation. We did want to balance the desired expansion with proper environmental safeguards, but it was worth bearing in mind that there had been no new full-length runway built in the south-east since the extension to Gatwick in the 1950’s. In contrast, other European airports had expanded; Schippel airport and Charles de Gaul airport now operated five and four runways respectively and a fourth runway was planned for Frankfurt.

Asked if the Prime Minister would talk to the House authorities on the matter of security, the PMS said it was a matter for the House authorities and it was up to them to establish what had happened in this instance. It was for them to decide what action, if any, was necessary.

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