Section 39: Directions relating to the environment
39.Section 39 allows the Secretary of State to give directions relating to the environment. The power of direction is essentially a replacement for section 6(2)(f) and, in part, section 72(2) of the 1982 Act as they currently operate. Directions currently given to the CAA are taken to extend to NATS. Post PPP it is to be possible for NATS to be a direct recipient of environmental directions, together with other licence holders as well as persons authorised by exemption to provide civil air traffic services. Persons authorised by exemption will include owners or operators of aerodromes and other companies, including NATS, which provide air traffic services on their behalf. It is considered that all air traffic service providers should be susceptible to direction since provision of such services affects the environment regardless of who is the provider.
Section 40 defines certain expressions for the purposes of chapter 1of Part 1