Supplementary Evidence from the Air Transport
During the evidence session this morning, my
Chairman offered to send to you the attached list of Members of
the Council, together with a copy of our latest annual report.
As you will see from the personal profiles in the back of the
annual report, Members are drawn from all parts of the country
and represent a broad cross-section of the travelling public with
a balance between those who travel on business and those who are
primarily leisure travellers.
The Chairman also asked me to correct a possibly
misleading impression we may have given concerning European Community
funding for the AUC and similar bodies in other Member States.
The Commission makes no grant to the Federation of Air Transport
users Representatives in Europe (FATURE) or to its Member organisations.
The Commission does however meet the cost of travel of two members
from each organisation for consultation meetings in Brussels twice
a year. This is no different from the basis on which the Commission
funds the other meetings of "experts" that it convenes.
I hasten to add that the AUC is funded entirely by the Civil Aviation
Authority and any reimbursement of travel costs received from
the European Commission are paid back to the Authority.