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 fear I would incur the wrath of the Chair if I were to talk in detail about the refranchising process for the services covered by the Gatwick Express. I reassure the shadow Minister, however, that in the decisions we take on the rail franchise that serves Gatwick airport, we will always have in mind the importance of high-quality surface access to airports. It would not be appropriate for me to prejudge the decisions on the refranchising process, because they can be taken only after a consultation. We will of course be engaging not only with Gatwick and the businesses that use it, but with all the customers who are served along the line.