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Aviation: Air Quality

Volume 689: debated on Tuesday 20 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the Department for Transport will participate in research on cabin air quality by the United States Federal Aviation Administration. [HL1943]

Department for Transport officials and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are discussing with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the possibility of collaborative research.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What consideration they have given to introducing regulations on the installation of contaminated air detection systems in United Kingdom registered aircraft. [HL1947]

The principle of better regulation is to legislate only where necessary. It is not clear that contaminants are present in the cabin environment in a quantity harmful to crew and passengers. That is why we asked the independent Committee on Toxicity (COT) to undertake a comprehensive review of all the evidence, and we will, of course, be guided by the COT’s conclusions and recommendations.