Adam Afriyie today welcomed the Government’s restatement of their commitment to a UK spaceport.
Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor and Chair of the Parliamentary Space Committee, said:
“I’m delighted the Government has again committed to establish a spaceport in the UK by 2018. This shows the Government has the vision to imagine Britain as a global player in this emerging industry.
“As politicians we need to keep our eye on the future. Just like business people, we need to spot new opportunities first, and I believe the space tourism industry is just one of those opportunities.
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps he has taken to improve transport connections between Windsor and Reading.
Robert Goodwill (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Transport): On 27 March, the Government and Transport for London announced that Crossrail services will be extended to serve Reading from 2019. Once Crossrail services begin across the whole line in 2019, passengers travelling to London from Windsor, Reading and other Thames Valley stations will be able to travel to more destinations across London without the need to change at Paddington. Construction of Crossrail is now more than half completed and electrification of the Great Western Main Line is also under way. Electrification of the Slough to Windsor route is approved and will improve local connectivity.
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to ensure that foreign nationals pay for healthcare they receive in the UK.
Jane Ellison (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health): The Department is working to support the National Health Service to increase the recovery of costs from overseas visitors and migrants. We aim to recover £500 million annually by the middle of the next Parliament, which will be reinvested into the NHS to support the sustainability of NHS frontline services.
Adam Afriyie (Windsor, Conservative): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken to encourage the growth of a space tourism industry in the UK.
Greg Clark (Minister of State, BIS): The Under-Secretary of State for Transport, my hon. Friend Mr Goodwill announced at the Farnborough International Air show in July 2014 the Government’s commitment to establish a spaceport in the UK by 2018. The Government is working to ensure that sub-orbital space participant and science flights are operated from this space port.
Today Adam Afriyie has expressed concern with new flight path trials over Windsor, Ascot and elsewhere, and urged Heathrow Airport to work with the local community to find a solution.
Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said:
“Many of us are acutely aware that Heathrow is currently trialling new flight paths over Windsor, Ascot and elsewhere. My postbag and inbox are full of letters and emails from concerned residents who have contacted me to say that the noise from these aircraft is disturbing and alarming. I am not surprised and I am currently writing replies to everyone who has been in contact.