Clause 9 - Operators of areas

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:30 am on 1st March 2012.

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Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Shadow Minister (Transport) 9:30 am, 1st March 2012

I am happy to accept that we made mistakes in government—happy even to go so far as to say that, until my hon. Friends raised their opposition to these clauses on Tuesday, we were agnostic on this issue. One of the benefits of a two-day gap between Tuesday’s sitting and this morning’s sitting is the lobbying, discussions, re-reading of speeches and consideration of issues that it has allowed, because, to be honest, we were not going to oppose the clauses, for the reasons set out by the right hon. Lady.

Having listened to my hon. Friend the Member for Blackley and Broughton, and having further considered the issues, I think he has a very good argument. Obviously, we are keen to listen to the Minister’s argument that the clauses are appropriate, but we are inclined to support our hon. Friend in voting against them because we do not think that they are appropriate at this time.