Clause 24 - Appeal to Competition Commission: conditions of new licences

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 6th March 2012.

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Photo of Nigel Mills Nigel Mills Conservative, Amber Valley 11:00 am, 6th March 2012

I would not like to miss the Minister before she concludes her response. The Committee will not be too surprised to learn that my question is purely semantic and technical. Clause 24(1) refers to clause 15, which lists the draft licence conditions. Clause 15(2) refers to a person as being the “applicant for the licence”, whereas the reference in clause 24 is to the “holder of the licence”. Can the proposed operator hold a licence before the licence has been granted and comes into force or should we still refer to the “applicant” rather than the “holder”?