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Clause 9 - Operators of areas

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:45 pm on 28th February 2012.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport 5:45 pm, 28th February 2012

As I outlined in relation to earlier clauses, we have a distinction between core and non-core areas, and the reason for that is essentially to ensure that we do not accidentally give the CAA authority to start regulating, for example, car parks where they are not associated with airport facilities, such as runways and terminals, where there is the exercise of substantial market power and where the appropriate tests in clause 6 are satisfied. We have this slightly complex system to ensure that peripheral areas, such as car parks, will not be subject to airport economic regulation unless they are linked to an airport where there is a dominance that covers core economic services, such as a runway or terminal facilities.