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Orders of the Day — Civil Aviation Bill

– in the House of Commons at 4:44 pm on 10th October 2005.

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Not amended in the Standing Committee, considered.

Photo of Gwyneth Dunwoody Gwyneth Dunwoody Labour, Crewe and Nantwich 5:37 pm, 10th October 2005

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. The Secretary of State for Transport told the Select Committee that he would seek our dispensation so that he could today make a statement on financial protection for air passengers. I understand that this, the most controversial part of the Bill, will not be debated during our consideration of amendments. It is worrying that financial protection for air travellers will not be available after two years' consultation, and we are very concerned about that. May I have your guidance, Sir?

Photo of Brian H Donohoe Brian H Donohoe Labour, Central Ayrshire

Further to that point of order, Mr. Speaker. Having tabled an amendment, I was quite surprised to find that it was not in order. As a consequence, none of the major concerns that have been expressed to me can be discussed. I wonder why that is, and I would be grateful for your comments.

Photo of Michael Martin Michael Martin Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Speaker of the House of Commons

I shall deal with the hon. Gentleman's point of order first. Sometimes Members are surprised that their amendment is not in order, but I cannot help that surprise. I say to Mrs. Dunwoody that the provision concerning the Air Travel Trust in clause 9 is subject to the Ways and Means resolution passed on Second Reading, which relates specifically to a scheme to be funded by air travel organisers. Amendments that go beyond that specific form of funding are outside the scope of the resolution and therefore out of order.