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 Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Shadow Minister (Transport) 9:45 am, 1st March 2012

I am intervening on the Minister, and the Chair would probably not allow a secondary intervention, or even a supplementary intervention.

I know I am asking the Minister to crystal-ball gaze, and I certainly do not want to compromise the negotiations, but given that the franchise for the line is up for renewal next year and discussions are already taking place, would one option be a separate franchise for Gatwick to become an RAB—in line with the question from my hon. Friend the Member for Blackley and Broughton—rather than being part of an extended franchise down to the south coast?