Transport Committee Press Notice



The Transport Committee has decided to launch an inquiry into the remit and work of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The CAA is an independent public corporation responsible for the regulation of civil aviation. The corporation was set up in 1972, and it is responsible for airspace policy, safety regulation, consumer protection as well as the economic regulation of the industry. The Committee will wish to look at the following issues:

• the remit, structure, and powers of the CAA;

• the performance of the CAA in relation to its statutory objectives and functions

• the effectiveness and efficiency of the CAA’s  regulatory framework

• the effectiveness and efficiency of the CAA in the general discharge of its duties;

• the effect of growing international and European Union cooperation on the work of the CAA.

Interested parties are invited to submit written memoranda to the Committee before Monday 14 November 2005.

Memoranda should be a maximum of 6 A4 pages in length.

Please submit a single hard copy of your memorandum by post to the above address, and an electronic version preferably by e-mail to or alternatively on a disk with the hard copy.  If you are unable to submit an electronic version of your memorandum, please take particular care to ensure that your submission is legible. All submissions should be final and complete; the Committee does not accept draft memoranda or subsequent amendments. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

Press Notice  09/2005-06  13 October 2005

Dr John Patterson, Clerk of the Committee


The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is the independent regulator for civil aviation in the UK. The objective and functions of the CAA are set out in the Civil Aviation Act 1982, and amended by the Transport Act 2000, and the Enterprise Act 2002. Section 4 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 sets out the following objectives for the CAA:

• to secure that British airlines provide air transport services which satisfy all substantial categories of public demand (so far as British airlines may reasonably be expected to provide such services) at the lowest charges consistent with a high standard of safety in operating the services and an economic return to efficient operators on the sums invested in providing the services and with securing the sound development of the civil air transport industry of the United Kingdom; and

• to further the reasonable interests of users of air transport services

The functions of the CAA are set out at Section 3 of the Act:

• such functions conferred on it by or under the Act with respect to:

  • the licensing of air transport,

  • the licensing of the provision of accommodation in aircraft,

  • the provision of air navigation services,

  • the operation of aerodromes, and

  • the provision of assistance and information.

• such functions as are for the time being conferred on it by or under Air Navigation Orders with respect to:

  • the registration of aircraft, the safety of air navigation and aircraft (including airworthiness),

  • the control of air traffic,

  • the certification of operators of aircraft, and

  • the licensing of air crews and aerodromes.