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Airports Commission's recommendations and VW air pollution scandal examined

14 October 2015

The Environmental Audit Committee holds its first public sessions of the 2015 Parliament - first on the Airports Commission's recommendations and then on the Volkswagen (VW) air pollution scandal.

On Wednesday 14 October the Committee looks at what the Airports Commission's recommendations would mean in terms of carbon emissions, air quality and noise.

Separately on Thursday 15 October the Committee questions representatives from VW and the motor industry about the air quality implications of the emissions testing scandal.

The second hearing will build on the work of the Transport Select Committee who examined the testing regime for new vehicles.

Chair's comment

Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee:

"Toxic air pollution from traffic is contributing to thousands of deaths in the UK every year, so the cheating of car emissions tests is of grave concern. Questions remain about the impact of VW's actions on the UK's air quality and the Government's policy on cleaner transport."


Airports Commission's recommendations

Wednesday 14 October 2015, Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 2.15pm approx

  • Andy Jefferson, Director, Sustainable Aviation
  • Cait Hewitt, Deputy Director, Aviation Environment Federation

At 3.00pm approx

  • Daniel Moylan, TfL Board Member/Mayor's Adviser on Aviation and Crossrail 2, Transport for London
  • Lord True CBE, Leader Richmond Council, 2M Boroughs
  • Richard de Cani, Managing Director, Planning, Transport for London
  • Cllr Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment, London Borough of Hounslow

VW Emissions

Thursday 15 October, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am approx

  • Mike Hawes, CEO, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd (SMMT)
  • Paul Willis, MD, Volkswagen Group UK

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