HC Deb 11 July 1988 vol 137 cc88-9W
49. Mr. Shersby

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to seek to achieve true competition in air travel within the European Community.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

The EC liberalisation package, agreed by the Council last December as a first step for aviation towards completion of the single market measure in 1992, is based largely on a United Kingdom Presidency initiative and contains measures fully applying the competition rules of the treaty of Rome to air transport.

The package commits the Council to agreement on the contents of a second step by June 1990. In the meantime, our aim is to seek to persuade those member states who have not already done so to agree more liberal arrangements with us bilaterally.

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