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Clause 18 - Licence conditions

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:00 pm on 1st March 2012.

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Photo of Fiona O'Donnell Fiona O'Donnell Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 2:00 pm, 1st March 2012

I am very pleased to have the opportunity today to speak in favour of amendments 18, 19 and 20, especially as I spend more and more time in airports, representing as I do a Scottish constituency. Like others in the room I am a member of the Scottish Affairs Committee; when we visited the Western Isles, we flew from Barra, where even if people jumped up and down on your suitcase, Sir Roger, you would still say you had a wonderful experience because of the incredible surroundings. You walk on to the beach to take off in a plane. Landing was a little trickier, but I will leave that story for after we adjourn today.

I hope that the Minister recognises that the amendments my hon. Friend the Member for Poplar and Limehouse proposes are intended to be helpful. There is a real opportunity to improve the Bill and to improve the experience of passengers. I slightly disagree with my hon. Friend the Member for Luton South in that I do not think this will provide a level playing field, but think it will drive innovation and raise the importance and the profile of passengers’ experiences.