Under the host state responsibility principle, states are charged with ensuring that appropriate aviation security measures are in place for flights leaving their territory, not for those entering. The Department therefore sets and enforces compliance with aviation security measures at UK airports. Its work to promote effective aviation security overseas does however help reinforce the security of flights originating in other states, including flights to the UK itself.
We are expecting the European Commission legislative proposal on aviation and emissions trading by the end of the year, although timing is uncertain. The Government are committed to publishing a report on progress in implementing the “Future of Air Transport” White Paper’s policies and proposals by the end of 2006.
(2) what steps he is planning to take to exercise the right reserved in paragraph 3.42 of the Future of Air Transport White Paper to act alone or bilaterally with like-minded partners in establishing mechanisms to tackle carbon dioxide emissions from aviation.
The Government are well aware that aviation has an impact over and above that of CO2 alone because of the other emissions released and their specific effects at altitude. We are supporting research to develop scientific understanding in this area, and have made clear that we expect aviation to contribute to our goal of climate stabilisation, and to meet its external costs.