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Heathrow runway plans to get environmental consideration

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that a final decision on a third runway for London Heathrow airport would only be taken after full consideration of the environmental implications.

Mr Brown made the announcement as Labour backbencher John Grogan (Selby) has tabled a Commons motion, signed so far by more than 40 Labour MPs, calling on the Government to think again.

But chief executive of British Airways Willie Walsh said he was “absolutely convinced” of the need for the runway.

The Conservatives remain in favour of building a high-speed rail line rather than seeing an expansion of Heathrow.

MPs will debate adding capacity at Heathrow today.