Clause 78 - Aviation security directions etc

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:15 pm on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Julie Hilling Julie Hilling Labour, Bolton West 1:15 pm, 8th March 2012

I think I will resist the hon. Gentleman’s invitation to join his group. However, this is a worldwide issue, and we need to make sure that passengers returning to and departing from the UK have stringent security checks. Whether it is across the European Union or globally, we need to have security systems in place that we can all live and work with.

I hope the Minister will come back to this issue. I am not at all convinced that saying that there is an outcomes-focused, risk-based approach will allow innovation or ensure that all our airports have the same level of security. It is not just about EU regulations; we operate globally, and it is a question of ensuring that air passengers, and people on the ground, are safe. Will airports be able to innovate in the current situation, even in the light of this Bill? I suspect that innovation will not happen, which will have all sorts of consequences for us.