§ Mr. Warren
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he is taking to secure the location of the headquarters of the European Airworthiness Organisation in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority proposed that the European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) headquarters should be located at Gatwick, and their initiative was endorsed by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State. The JAA board has since considered the eight candidates for the location of its headquarters, and decided on Amsterdam last December. I am confident that the United Kingdom will continue to play a prominent role in JAA.