Clause 9 - Operators of areas

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:45 am on 1st March 2012.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport 9:45 am, 1st March 2012

I am grateful to the shadow Minister for his contribution and to all hon. Members who raised points on this important issue. First, I will correct something that I said on the first day of the Committee. I mentioned Gatwick Express. It is not currently part of Gatwick airport’s regulatory asset base. Decisions about whether investments in Gatwick station improvements made by the airport should be included in the RAB will continue on a similar basis as at present. That includes the current proposals for Gatwick contributing £7.6 million to Network Rail’s £53 million project to extend the station concourse and construct a seventh platform. The CAA, as part of its next price review for Gatwick, will decide whether this goes into the RAB.