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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21751: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 20 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the recent consultation on the implementation of EU regulation 598/2014 relating to noise-related operating restrictions at airports was not made public and did not appear on its Consultation Hub.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 28 February 2019

The Scottish Government’s consultation covered the singular issue of legislating for a Competent Authority in Scotland. The England and Wales consultation on implementing EU Reg 598/2014 in addition, covered a number of other signification aviation issues. In view of this and the timescales involved in seeking to have legislation in place before the UK’s exit from the EU, it was considered appropriate that the Scottish Government’s consultation would be focussed on key stakeholders. This did not however preclude involvement from any interested group or individual and we will be responding to contributions from a number of community interests.