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 Nigel Mills Nigel Mills Conservative, Amber Valley 9:30 am, 1st March 2012

I follow the hon. Gentleman’s argument, but I do not think the clauses enable the Civil Aviation Authority to force inter-terminal competition. The clauses merely introduce a regime to address such competition if it happens, either because an operator chooses it or because the Competition Commission forces it. That view is supported by paragraph 53 of the Select Committee report. Does he not think it sensible that, if, say, Ryanair bought a terminal at East Midlands airport and ran it itself, we would have a framework if it needed to be regulated, rather than having to pass new rules pretty quickly to manage such airports?