Clause 44 - Amount of penalty: fixed amount

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:15 pm on 6th March 2012.

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Photo of John Woodcock John Woodcock Shadow Minister (Transport) 12:15 pm, 6th March 2012

These amendments are simply designed to try to get the Minister to spell out the reasoning behind the size of the penalty imposed on a person who breaks the licence. What is the rationale for deciding that the penalty should not be higher than 10% of a person’s turnover for the qualifying period? We have suggested a penalty of 15%, but that is an equally arbitrary figure. We have tabled the amendment so that the Minister can explain why she believes that 10% is an appropriate figure. Why should the penalty not be higher—or, indeed, lower—than that?

In a similar vein, amendment 47 increases the daily penalty to 0.15% of a person’s qualifying turnover for the qualifying period. Why was the original figure of 0.1% decided on as the maximum level of the daily penalty charged for breaking a licence? Why is that figure not higher or lower than that?