Clause 67 - Airports: supplementary

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 6th March 2012.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport 4:30 pm, 6th March 2012

I am afraid that the hon. Gentleman is assuming too much about my knowledge of the layout of Manchester airport. I am unable to answer his points about the Radisson hotel, but as we have discussed on numerous occasions during this Committee’s deliberations, Manchester airport is not subject to regulation, and there is no immediate prospect that it will become so. I suspect that that is not something Manchester airport will need to worry about as a practical issue in the immediate future.

The Bill contains several safeguards to ensure that the scope of the CAA’s licensing powers is not necessarily limited to the airport. Clause 21(1)(f) allows for licence conditions relating to activities carried on outside the airport area for which the licence is granted. The primary duty is broadly to further the interests of end users with regard to the provision of airport operation services. Plainly, it is in the interests of users in the provision of airport operation services to have strong service access links to an airport; otherwise, many passengers might have to access the airport at a higher cost.

I hope that that covers the questions asked. I commend the clause to the Committee.