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Civil Aviation Bill
AIM
This bill will implement a number of the commitments in the 2003 White Paper Future of Air Transport.

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BILL'S PROGRESS
Responsible department: Dept for Transport
Origin: House of Commons
Introduced: 9 June 2005
Second reading: 27 June 2005
Committee stage: 5, 7 July 2005
Remaining stages: 10 October 2005
Consideration of Lords amendments: 8 May 2006
LORDS:
First reading: 11 Oct 2005
Second reading: 1 Nov 2005
Committee stage: 5, 8 & 12 Dec 2005
Report stage: 8 March 2006
Third reading: 28 March 2006
Consideration of Commons amendments: 28 June 2006

ROYAL ASSENT: 8 November 2006
  • Measures to deal with aircraft noise
  • Levies charges against airlines for the Air Travel Trust Fund, which provides compensation to customers of failed tour operators
  • Airport charges to be linked to local emissions from aircraft
  • Enables the Civil Aviation Authority to levy a charge against the aviation industry to fund the Aviation Health Unit, which provides advice to passengers, the aviation industry and the government

    BACKGROUND
    The Future of Air Transport White Paper announced the government's support for a range of airport expansion plans.

    An extra runway at Stansted was supported but expansion at Heathrow is to be delayed until pollution levels are reduced.

    The White Paper also detailed expansion plans at Birmingham, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester and Cardiff airports.

    The number of passengers at UK airports has more than trebled since 1980. Passenger numbers using UK airports are predicted to keep on rising to reach 500 million per year by 2030.

    The White Paper made little firm plans regarding the environmental consequences of the aviation industry.

    The air transport industry has had the largest increase in emission levels of any industry since 1990 and aviation is the fastest growing contributor to climate change.

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