Civil Aviation Bill

Memorandum submitted by Mr Chris J R Lowe (CA 12)

1 I am a retired professional engineer, MIET, and have been actively involved in aviation matters for over ten years, primarily as a volunteer with the Campaign to Protect Rural England, since the start of the consultations for the Aviation White Paper in 2001. I have personally responded to previous aviation-related Bills and consultation, as well as assisting in the drafting of CPRE responses.

2 I also support AirportWatch, who gave oral evidence on the Draft Bill, whose concerns were supported by the Transport Select Committee in: ‘38. Without giving the CAA a supplementary duty on the environment in relation to its economic regulation role, there is some risk that airports may be reluctant to invest in improving environmental performance.’ (www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmtran/1694/169405.htm#a14).

3 However, I have concerns that any proposed amendments may inadvertently limit the coverage of an environmental duty to "local" communities, only.

4 As the Committee will be aware, the impacts of airports and aviation spread far wider than merely the local area. Two examples are noise, which can affect people more than 20 miles away from an airport, and climate change, which has a global impact. Thus in any proposed amendments, I wish the word "local" to be omitted.

5 Hence I propose amendments to the Bill to read:

Section 1(3): In performing its duties under subsections (1) and (2) the CAA must have regard to-

Add another point, to include:

the effect on the environment and on communities of activities connected with the provision of airport operation services at the airport to which the licence relates

6 Also in the section 

Section 2 (4): Matters which the Secretary of State must have regard to:

include

the effect on the environment and on communities of activities connected with the provision of airport operation services at the airport to which the licence relates

February 2012

Prepared 24th February 2012