New Clause 7 — Facilities for Consultation at Certain Aerodromes

Orders of the Day — Civil Aviation Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:45 pm on 10th October 2005.

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'For section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 (c. 16) (facilities for consultation at certain aerodromes) substitute—

"(1) At all aerodromes designated for the purposes of this section by the Secretary of State, the local authority shall establish a committee including representatives of—

(a) users of the aerodrome,

(b) relevant local authorities, and

(c) any other organisation representing the interests of persons concerned with the locality in which the aerodrome is situated,

for the purpose of consultation with respect to any matter concerning the management or administration of the aerodrome which affects their interests.

(2) The chairperson of any committee established under subsection (1) shall be independent.

(3) The local authority shall publish the minutes of all meetings held by a committee established under section (1).

(4) The Secretary of State shall, by regulation, establish a system for the independent monitoring of consultative committees established under section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 (c. 16), to ensure—

(a) that Department of Transport guidelines on consultative committees are produced, pursuant to section 35 of the 1982 Act,

(b) fair representation of the full range of local interests, providing that does not make the committee of a size that it precludes it from functioning effectively, and

(c) that the appointment of the chairman and secretary of the committee are sufficiently independent.'.—[Tom Brake.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

I am pleased to have an opportunity, albeit brief, to speak to new clause 7. For Members who may not be familiar with section 35 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982, it states:

"The person having the management of any aerodrome . . . shall provide . . . adequate facilities for consultation with respect to any matter concerning the management or administration of the aerodrome which affects their interests."

The new clause would change section 35, making it the responsibility of the local authority to establish a committee, including representatives of—

It being Nine o'clock, Mr. Deputy Speaker, put the Questions necessary to bring proceedings on consideration of the Bill to a conclusion, pursuant to Order [27 June].