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Clause 1 - CAA’s general duty

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 28th February 2012.

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Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Shadow Minister (Transport) 4:15 pm, 28th February 2012

When the discussion opened this morning, I was concerned about ensuring that all our points would be covered, and I asked Sir Roger for a stand part debate in case the amendments did not give us the opportunity to make them. However, we have registered during the discussions of the amendments that the Bill could go further, especially on environmental matters.

The majority of Committee members are clearly happy with the clause as it stands. Notwithstanding our efforts to add duties for the CAA to clause 1, we support the Bill. As I mentioned earlier, the framework contained in clause 1 and its six subsections will bring aviation regulation into the 21st century, and we support that.