Examination of Witnesses

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:28 pm on 23rd February 2012.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport 1:28 pm, 23rd February 2012

I want to come back on one point. I am keen to hear whether you could expand on your concerns about safety being squeezed out, because, obviously, there are other sectors where economic regulation and safety are combined—in the rail industry, for example. I draw reassurance from the fact that the CAA’s reputation as a safety regulator is almost unparalleled in the world. The CAA is one of the world’s leading safety regulators and is highly successful. I am not convinced that an additional responsibility will compromise that very strong track record, so it would be useful if you could expand on why you think it might.