Clause 82 - Transfer schemes

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers The Minister of State, Department for Transport 2:15 pm, 8th March 2012

On that last point, I can provide some further information. That was the advice I was given on arriving at the Department for Transport. I seem to recollect that the previous Government made statements on this issue when I was in opposition; I will investigate further and provide the hon. Gentleman with an indication of the work done by the previous Government.

The Department for Transport has already begun engaging with staff and their trade union representatives on the proposed transfer to the CAA. The Department’s human resources unit has formally engaged with the trade unions—Public and Commercial Services, and Prospect—on matters relating to the proposed transfer of posts and post-holders to the CAA.

There have been briefing events for staff, including a joint event with the CAA on 31 January. We shall continue to engage with staff and their trade union representatives as we develop the transfer arrangements over the coming months and up until the planned transfer in spring 2014. Engagement with staff is vital, not least because we want to ensure that as many as possible transfer to the CAA, taking their skills and experience with them.

Our debates today have highlighted the crucial importance of aviation security. The Government very much value the skills, expertise and dedication of the people who carry out the work needed to ensure that security is appropriately and effectively regulated.