§ Mr. Mackinlay
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criterion is used by his Department to define a United Kingdom air carrier; and if he will make a statement.344W
§ Mr. Norris
The criteria for the grant of operating licences to air carriers are laid down in EC Council regulation 2407/92 on the licensing of air carriers. The United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority may grant an operating licence only to carriers whose principal place of business and registered office is in the United Kingdom. The regulation further requires that holders of operating licences should at all times be majority owned and effectively controlled by EC member states or their nationals.