Clause 100 - CAA charges

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:45 pm on 13th March 2012.

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Photo of Graham Stringer Graham Stringer Labour, Blackley and Broughton 12:45 pm, 13th March 2012

To restate the Minister’s comments, she is saying that airports will bear the cost of breaches of regulations or service by airlines. As she made the case that the CAA would be unable to recover the costs, it is also likely—not in every case, because, as she says, there are established relationships, and codes can be worked out and arrangements made—that in some cases the airports will not be able to recover the money. They will certainly not be able to do so easily, and they may not be able to at all.

It is a flaw in the clause if one private sector body is made responsible for the flaws, faults and failings of another private sector body. I accept the Minister’s point that there is a technical error in the amendment, and that we are not talking about huge amounts of money. However, there is a failing in what is proposed, and I may want to return to the point on Report. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.