asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a statement about the discussions which have been held with the Airfields Environment Federation and the Aerodrome Owners' Association concerning guidelines for aerodrome consultative committees, other than those related to airports managed by the British Airports Authority.
Guidelines for consultative committees for aerodromes designed under section 8 of the Civil Aviation Act 1968 have been agreed with the Aerodrome Owners Association and the Airfields Environment Federation, and a copy has been placed in the Library, together with a list of the aerodromes concerned. The guidelines are not mandatory, but are a voluntary code which has been drawn up with the aim of improving relations between aerodrome management and users on the one hand, and local authorities—where they do not have the management of the aerodrome—and organisations representing local interests on the other, in those areas where difficulties and mis-understandings have arisen. It is not the intention that the existing harmonious relations should be disturbed. The guidelines can also be adopted for consultative arrangements at any non-designated aerodrome.