HL Deb 18 November 1991 vol 532 cc50-1WA
Lord Gainford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Civil Aviation Authority has made a further response to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission's report on the CAA's provision of navigation and air traffic control services to civil aircraft published in July 1990; and if they will make a statement.

The Minister of State, Department of Transport (Lord Brabazon of Tara)

The Civil Aviation Authority publishes its second, interim, response today. I have arranged for copies to be placed in the Library.

The authority's initial response, made in December 1990, said that the authority had accepted all but one of the MMC's 40 recommendations and that work had already begun on implementing many of them. This work has continued, and the authority has made progress in such important areas as consultation with users on charges and airspace planning; introducing improvements to project management; and laying the foundations for more efficient and effective manpower planning.

My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Transport and I shall be keeping in close touch with the chairman of the CAA about the programme of change which the CAA has instituted in response to the MMC's recommendations.