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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-04119: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 28 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to its announcement on 10 October 2016 of its support for a third runway at Heathrow Airport, how its commitments to “The creation of up to 16,000 new jobs across Scotland from the new capacity,” will be met; where, and within what sectors those new jobs will be created, and whether it will define the term “new capacity”.

Answered by: Keith Brown 10 November 2016

Heathrow Airport has estimated that up to 16,000 new jobs will be created across Scotland reflecting the conclusions of the Airports Commission. These jobs are anticipated to come from a number of sectors relating to the introduction of new routes including tourism, exports, inward investment and at the airports themselves and from manufacturing related to construction and the logistics hub concept. The Scottish Government and Heathrow will work together to ensure that the wider terms of the Memorandum of Understanding are progressed and progress is monitored.

The Scottish Government's definition of new capacity is capacity which does not currently exist or is not currently available.