Lords amendment: No. 54, in page 62, line 32, at end insert—
() give the airport operator a direction requiring him to take such steps as may be specified in the direction for the purposes of, or in connection with, the use of such accommodation and facilities by such persons;
§ Mr. Michael Spicer
I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.
Mr. Deputy Speaker
With this it will be convenient to take Lords amendments Nos. 55, 56, 74 and 75.
I inform the House that Lords amendments Nos. 56, 74 and 75 involve privilege.
§ Mr. Spicer
These amendments clarify the Secretary of State's powers of direction over airport operators to provide and/or operate special facilities at airports. They also add a power for the Secretary of State, with the consent of the Treasury, to make grants to compensate airport operators for costs that they might incur complying with such directions. The amendments provide for any sums paid in compensation to come from money provided by Parliament. The Government's intention continues to be to pay airport operators additional operating costs in running special facilities. The amendments make the power behind that intention explicit in the Bill. I commend the amendments to the House.
§ Question put and agreed to.
§ Subsequent Lords amendments agreed to.