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  CHAPTER V
  COMPETITION
Interpretation of Chapter V.     78. - (1) For the purposes of this Chapter-
 
 
    (a) the 1973 Act is the Fair Trading Act 1973;
 
    (b) the 1998 Act is the Competition Act 1998;
 
    (c) the Director is the Director General of Fair Trading.
      (2) For the purposes of this Chapter these expressions have the meanings given by section 37-
 
 
    (a) aerodrome;
 
    (b) licence;
 
    (c) licence holder.
      (3) If an expression is used in this Chapter and also in the 1973 Act or the 1998 Act it has the same meaning in this Chapter as it has in the Act concerned.
 
Functions exercisable by CAA and Director.     79. - (1) The functions to which subsections (2) and (3) apply shall be concurrent functions of the CAA and the Director.
 
      (2) This subsection applies to the Director's functions under sections 44, 50, 52, 53, 56A to 56G, 86 and 88 of the 1973 Act so far as they relate to monopoly situations which exist or may exist in relation to the supply of air traffic services.
 
      (3) This subsection applies to the Director's functions under the provisions of Part I of the 1998 Act (other than sections 38(1) to (6) and 51) so far as they relate to-
 
 
    (a) agreements, decisions or concerted practices which are of the kind mentioned in section 2(1) of the 1998 Act and which relate to the supply of air traffic services, or
 
    (b) conduct which is of the kind mentioned in section 18(1) of the 1998 Act and which relates to the supply of air traffic services.
      (4) References to the Director in-
 
 
    (a) Part IV and sections 86, 88, 93B(1)(a) and 133(4) of the 1973 Act, and
 
    (b) Part I of the 1998 Act (except in sections 38(1) to (6), 51, 52(6) and (8) and 54),
       must be read as including references to the CAA.
 
      (5) But subsection (4) applies-
 
 
    (a) only so far as it is consequential on subsections (1) to (3) above, and
 
    (b) only if the context does not otherwise require.
      (6) If a question arises as to whether subsections (1) to (3) above apply to a particular case the question must be referred to and determined by the Secretary of State.
 
      (7) No objection may be taken to anything done by or in relation to the CAA-
 
 
    (a) under Part IV or section 86 or 88 of the 1973 Act, or
 
    (b) under Part I of the 1998 Act (except under section 38(1) to (6) or 51),
       on the ground that it should have been done by or in relation to the Director.
 
CAA's 1973 Act functions.     80. - (1) For the purposes of this section the CAA's 1973 Act functions are the functions mentioned in subsection (2) of section 79 which, by virtue of that section, are functions of the CAA.
 
      (2) The CAA must exercise its 1973 Act functions in the manner it thinks best calculated-
 
 
    (a) to further the interests of operators and owners of aircraft, owners and managers of aerodromes, persons travelling in aircraft and persons with rights in property carried in them;
 
    (b) to promote efficiency and economy on the part of suppliers of air traffic services;
 
    (c) to secure that suppliers of air traffic services who are licence holders will not find it unduly difficult to finance activities authorised by their licences;
 
    (d) to take account of any international obligations of the United Kingdom notified to the CAA by the Secretary of State (whatever the time or purpose of the notification);
 
    (e) to take account of any guidance on environmental objectives given to the CAA by the Secretary of State after the coming into force of this section;
 
    (f) to impose on suppliers of air traffic services the minimum restrictions which are consistent with the exercise of the CAA's 1973 Act functions.
      (3) These interests are the only ones to be considered under subsection (2)(a)-
 
 
    (a) interests regarding safety;
 
    (b) interests regarding the range, availability, continuity, cost and quality of air traffic services.
      (4) The reference in subsection (2)(a) to furthering interests includes a reference to furthering them (where the CAA thinks it appropriate) by promoting competition in the provision of air traffic services.
 
      (5) If in a particular case there is a conflict in the application of the provisions of subsections (2) to (4), in relation to that case the CAA must exercise its 1973 Act functions in the manner it thinks is reasonable having regard to the provisions of subsections (2) to (4) as a whole.
 
      (6) Section 4 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 (CAA's general objectives) does not apply in relation to the performance by the CAA of its 1973 Act functions.
 
CAA's 1998 Act functions.     81. - (1) For the purposes of this section the CAA's 1998 Act functions are the functions mentioned in subsection (3) of section 79 which, by virtue of that section, are functions of the CAA.
 
      (2) In exercising its 1998 Act functions the CAA may (in particular) have regard to any matter which satisfies the following condition.
 
      (3) The condition is that the matter is one to which, by virtue of section 80, the CAA must have regard in exercising its 1973 Act functions (within the meaning of that section).
 
Carrying out functions.     82. - (1) For the purposes of this section the 1973 Act functions are the functions mentioned in subsection (2) of section 79 which, by virtue of that section, are concurrent functions of the CAA and the Director.
 
      (2) Before the Director or the CAA first carries out the 1973 Act functions in relation to a matter he or it must consult the other.
 
      (3) If the Director or the CAA has carried out the 1973 Act functions in relation to a matter the other must not carry out the 1973 Act functions in relation to the matter.
 
      (4) If in carrying out the 1973 Act functions the CAA makes a reference to the Competition Commission, to help the Commission in its investigation on the reference the CAA must give to it-
 
 
    (a) any information the CAA has which relates to matters within the scope of the investigation and which the Commission requests;
 
    (b) any information the CAA has which relates to matters within the scope of the investigation and which the CAA thinks it would be appropriate for it to give without a request;
 
    (c) any other help which the CAA is able to give in relation to matters within the scope of the investigation and which the Commission requests.
      (5) In carrying out the investigation concerned the Commission must take account of any information given under subsection (4).
 
 
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