In 2007 the government commissioned Sir Joseph Pilling to conduct a strategic review of the CAA. In response to his recommendations, DfT has taken a number of steps, including drawing up a set of proposals that were put out to consultation on the 10th December 2009.
Separately, DfT reviewed and consulted on the CAA’s economic regulation of airports. A decision document on this was published at the same time as the consultation on wider regulatory reform.
AEF’s response to the latest consultation welcomes the proposal to give the CAA an environmental duty but argues that the effectiveness of this will depend both on adequate funding being sourced, and on the government providing appropriate guidance. It also expresses concern about the fact that the proposed environmental duty for the CAA will not apply to its economic regulation of airports, as predetermined by the earlier consultation.
AEF’s response to the consultation on proposals to update the regulatory framework for aviation is here
For our response to the consultation on economic regulation, see this earlier item.