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Aircraft Fleets

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 26 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans to amend the system of certification for work on existing aircraft fleets to deal with new acquisitions.

The Civil Aviation Authority has the statutory responsibility for the safety regulation of civil aviation, and the certification of aircraft is part of the regulatory process. There is no reason for the Department to interfere.

I understand that any aircraft coming on to the United Kingdom register of aircraft has to meet the full requirements of the air navigation order for both initial issue and renewal of its certificate of airworthiness. Aircraft not on the United Kingdom register which are used by British operators may be leased only from states which are signatories to the convention on international civil aviation and which thus comply with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.