This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on aviation and airports. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

07.10.2014Aviation: Mayor of London's proposals for a Thames Estuary airport, 2008-
This note deals only with the proposals put forward by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson for a new hub airport located on an artificial island in the Thames estuary. For information on the historical background to the idea of building a new airport at or in the Thames estuary, as well as the current proposals for the Isle of Grain site, see SN4920.
29.08.2014The Aerospace Industry
The aerospace industry is considered by the Government as a 'phenomenal success story' and a sector that offers 'tremendous opportunities for growth'. The UK has a 17% global market share in aerospace industry revenues, making it the largest in Europe and second only to the US worldwide.
19.06.2014Aviation: airport regulation
This note sets out the role of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in regulating UK airports and plans for its reform.
05.06.2014Aviation: noise pollution
This note looks at policies and schemes to tackle aviation noise.
16.05.2014Air passenger duty : recent debates & reform
This note looks at the recent debate on taxing aviation, in the context of concerns about the structure of air passenger duty, the rates of tax, and the Coalition Government's consultation exercise on reforming APD, launched in the 2011 Budget. The development of APD since its introduction is set out in two other Library notes (SN413 & SN6426).

Research Papers

19.10.2012Social Indicators
A compendium of the latest social statistics. This edition includes articles on: UK aviation: airports and capacity; Road fuel prices and taxes across the EU; and a look back at London 2012.
20.04.2012Civil Aviation Bill: Committee Stage Report
This is a report on the Public Bill Committee Stage of the Civil Aviation Bill.
24.01.2012Civil Aviation Bill
This paper has been prepared for the Second Reading debate in the House of Commons on the Civil Aviation Bill, scheduled for 30 January 2012
02.03.2011Transport policy in 2011: a new direction?
This paper outlines the changes made to transport policy by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government and looks at some of the long term transport challenges the government is likely to face over the course of this Parliament.
19.03.2010Transport Policy in 2010: a rough guide
This paper gives an overview of transport policy in the UK in 2010. It examines a range of issues related to transport policy, including policy-makers, spending on and sources of funding for transport, the transport policy of the main political parties, and the challenges in formulating transport policy in 2010.

Select Committee Reports

05.07.2011Air passenger duty: implications for Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
09.03.2011United Kingdom opt-in to the Passenger Name Record directive.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
08.09.2010Delivering multi-role tanker capability.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
24.02.2010The future of aviation.
Government response. Transport Select Committee report [Commons]
02.12.2009The future of aviation.
Transport Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House recognises the considerable detrimental impact that the current level of airport duty is having on the UK airline industry, regional airports andbusiness and leisure ...
That this House expresses its condolences to the family of Mr Tadeusz Sawicz, one of the last surviving Polish pilots to take part in the Battle of Britain, who passed away on 19 October ...
That this House commends Leeds Bradford International Airport on its 80th anniversary; notes that the Yeadon Aerodrome was opened in 1931 and has been Yorkshire's biggest international ...
That this House calls on the UK Government to honour its earlier commitment to devolve the responsibility for Air Passenger Duty (APD) to the Scottish Government; believes that by having ...
That this House notes with concern the resignations of Mike Post, Cliff Pocock and Graham Tomlin as trustees of the Airways Pension Scheme (APS) established in 1948 to provide pensions ...

POST Papers

01.08.2007Transport biofuels, August 2007
Transport biofuels, August 2007. POSTnote 07/293.
01.11.2003The Environmental Costs of Aviation, November 2003
This briefing examines the basis for the Government's estimates of environmental costs of aviation and how these could be used in policy decisions related to airport expansion and environmental regulation.


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses