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

The key limitation on the use of secondments to try to respond to the concerns expressed by Opposition Members is that the Bill provides for these posts to transfer over. The posts will transfer over, even if there might be scope for using secondments as temporary measures. I see no way that we could achieve the result using secondments that the Bill provides for, namely a transfer of posts to the CAA. We hope that as many people as are in those posts currently will choose to stay in them when they transfer over to the CAA and we will continue to engage with the work force to seek to bring that about. On that basis, I cannot support the amendments but, as I emphasised, what they require the Government to do is already under way.