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Clause 18 - Licence conditions

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:15 pm on 1st March 2012.

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Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Shadow Minister (Transport) 1:15 pm, 1st March 2012

I am disappointed that the hon. Gentleman does not feel able to support the amendment; I thought that I was doing a fairly reasonable job. If he had waited until his right hon. Friend the Minister had responded and was then persuaded, I would understand, but this is before he has even listened to the answers. It seems somewhat premature, but I take his point. In principle, we start from “no”, and if we can persuade hon. Members, that is another matter. I fully understand.

I accept that there are limitations in any retrieval system. We are trying to raise the profile of the passenger experience and create a licence requirement, because we think that the airports are best placed to provide the information. I know that how the airports provide it, its quality and whether it is real-time information are matters of concern to the hon. Gentleman and some of his hon. Friends, so it will be interesting to hear what the Minister says in response to his intervention.

Welfare plans need to be in place and contingency arrangements need to be developed where there may be fault on the part of the airlines, but also generally. Without preparation, planning and contingency arrangements, passenger welfare might well suffer. We have seen that over recent years, and we are all trying to make sure that  it does not happen again. The Transport Committee was firm about that in its report “Keeping the UK moving”, which my hon. Friend the Member for Blackley and Broughton has mentioned.