Clause 78 - Aviation security directions etc

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Full Member) 10:15 am, 8th March 2012

Order. The hon. Member for Bolton West asked me whether I intended to allow a stand part debate on this clause, and my immediate reaction was yes. However, in light of the entirely reasonable and  completely in order remarks made by the hon. Member for Barrow and Furness, I have now taken a different view. It will be difficult to discuss these amendments, together or separately, without setting the argument in context. For that reason, I have already decided that it is probably better to have a broad-ranging debate on aviation security now—I am therefore giving the Committee notice of that fact—rather than to have a stand part debate at the end, which may prove to be after the event.

I am also going to go a bit further—I may live to regret this—and allow a wide-ranging debate on aviation security. That is in the hope and expectation, because the next several clauses and schedules relate to aviation security, that it may be possible to deal with a number of matters collectively, have a rounded debate and curtail some later debate. I ask for responsible treatment from hon. Members of that view. I will be reasonably lenient about the breadth of contributions now.