New Clause 3 - Obligation to operate an air transport service serving a specified route

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:30 pm on 13th March 2012.

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Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Conservative, Daventry 4:30 pm, 13th March 2012

I wish to pose a question. This goes back to a point that the hon. Lady made about the environmental consequences of flying. When I was a member of the European Parliament—I have harked back to that time on several occasions—British Midland Airways used to keep a slot open by flying a completely empty plane between East Midlands airport and Heathrow. That was not particularly good for the environment, and it certainly did not help the people of the east midlands. I am slightly worried that the new clause would have an unforeseen consequence. I understand why it was tabled, but I am not convinced that it has been thought through.