CIVIL AVIATION SECURITY (10316/02)
Letter from the Chairman to David Jamieson
MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport
Thank you for your Explanatory Memorandum dated
11 July which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on 22
We support the position that the Government
has maintained in negotiation. We accept that this proposed Regulation
would extend Community competence into the field of civil aviation
security for the first time, and that it is appropriate as being
the only instrument that can ensure a standard level of civil
aviation security throughout the Community. But, we are concerned
that the Regulation should not undermine the competence of Member
States. We, therefore, agree with you and the Commission that
all amendments relating to financial provisions for security arrangements
should be rejected.
We agree with you, too, that the deadline for
implementing the Regulation for international flights should be
31 December 2002. From your consultation with industry it seems
that a delay in applying the deadline to cargo and mail on domestic
services would be acceptable. We accept this.
Finally, we note that the conciliation process
will start shortly. This being the case, the Scrutiny reserve
on this document is maintained until we learn the outcome of that
23 July 2002
Letter from David Jamieson to the Chairman.
On 23 July Lord Brabazon of Tara wrote to me
in respect of the above Explanatory Memorandum.
The Explanatory Memorandum, submitted on 11
July, informed your Committee that, because the European Commission
was unable to accept a number of the amendments to the proposed
Regulation on aviation security put forward by the European Parliament,
a conciliation process was about to start. Lord Brabazon notified
the Minister that the Lords' Committee was placing a scrutiny
reserve on the document until the outcome of this process was
I am now writing to confirm that agreement has
just been reached on the outstanding issues. In fact the regulation
has changed very little. Despite some imperfections, it is long
overdue and we now wish to see it introduced as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, it was not possible to inform the Committee of
the outcome earlier owing to the conciliation process running
hard up against the November 15 deadline, and the Joint Text,
which the UK plans to support, is likely to be put to the Council
as an "A" point shortly. The new Regulation is then
expected to enter into force in January 2003 although the requirement
to screen cargo, baggage and mail on domestic servicesthe
only elements not currently in the UK National Aviation Security
Programmewill come into force on 31 December. Disappointingly,
the requirement for staff searching will be phased in, and may
not be fully implemented in all Member States until 2009.
All proposed Parliamentary amendments relating
to financial provisions for security arrangements have been rejected.
Instead, an inter-institutional declaration will be attached to
the Regulation committing the Commission to carry out a review
of economic consequences of the security measures with all possible
28 November 2002
Letter from the Chairman to Mr David Jamieson
Thank you for your letter dated 28 November
which Sub-Committee B considered at its meeting on 9 December.
We regret that you were unable to give us some
indication earlier of the way in which the conciliation process
was going. We accept that the new joint text, which marks the
end of that process, takes care of our main concern which was
that all proposed European Parliament amendments relating to financial
provisions for security arrangements be rejected.
We note, too, that the Regulation will enter
into force in January 2003, but that the requirement to screen
cargo, baggage and mail on domestic services will come into force
on 31 December 2002.
We regard the Scrutiny reserve on this document
11 December 2002