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Examination of Witnesses

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 21st February 2012.

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Gaynor McLaughlin: Ricky is the freight person, but in answer to your question about foreign-registered airlines, the UK-registered airlines have been part of this process and they understand. There is a will to do something differently and to take some of that responsibility. I am not sure that the foreign carriers, particularly the non-EU carriers, are quite ready for it.

There has been a tendency, particularly with how the Department for Transport has behaved over recent years, to wait to be told what to do. They would just say, “Just tell me what it is that you want to do.” Very little effort is put into being proactive, looking at the risk and doing anything differently. My concern is that if the cost of compliance is greater than the cost of non-compliance and not putting the effort in, what will change? They will just wait to be told.