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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John Moloney: The Bill Committee will obviously have to consider whether the “user pays” principle should apply in this instance. Clearly, it is an added cost. It may be relatively low, but obviously if you are a budget airline every cost will be argued about. We think that the main driver for transferring work from the Department for Transport to the CAA is that the CAA can charge. It is almost as though the DFT looked around to see what body it could transfer the work to, so that it can be charged for. We do not think you should base your security principles on whether you can find a convenient accountancy system to plug in, so that you can charge. If you want the Department to charge for something, let it charge. We think that the main driver is this: the CAA levies charges already; you need to levy an extra charge for security, so why not put it with the CAA, which can easily accomplish that extra security levy in accountancy terms?