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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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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport 12:00 pm, 21st February 2012

Just a moment ago, you pretty much took the words out of my mouth. I was about to ask you about the impact of an outcome-focused approach. Obviously, the imperative issue for the Government is that they will not compromise on today’s high levels  of security. The reform is about delivering security in a more effective and efficient way. There is a strong case for saying that giving the people who deliver security on the ground more responsibility for how they achieve the outcomes they are set by the regulator could lead to higher levels of security and even more effective means of keeping passengers secure. Do you agree? Do you have any further examples of how we can involve people who actually deliver services on the ground and give them responsibility? That has happened in the area of safety, and it has improved safety levels. Can we expect that to happen with security as well?