Clause 4 - Prohibition

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 28th February 2012.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport 4:30 pm, 28th February 2012

I can be brief, as the clause is straightforward. The clause introduces an exemption to the prohibition on levying charges in clause 3, which I just outlined for the Committee. It applies where a person is the operator of an airport area on the day when the area or part of the area becomes a dominant area at a dominant airport. In such cases, the effect of subsection (2) is that the operator is exempt from the prohibition until a licence for that airport area is granted or certain other stated circumstances arise. Such circumstances are generally situations in which a licence would not be required.

The clause will protect existing operators of airport areas who would otherwise become subject to the prohibition without proper opportunity to obtain a licence. I commend the clause to the Committee.