Paul Noon, general secretary of the Institution of Professionals, Managers and specialists, which represents air traffic controllers.
Q What concerns did you relay to deputy prime minister John Prescott over safety if the National Air Traffic Services were to be partly privatised?
A NATS presently operates to the highest safety standards, but if a commercial operator takes some of it over – and wants legitimately to make profits – we are concerned that business criteria will erode standards of aviation safety.
Q How do you think investment would be affected by partial privatisation?
A The commercial railway companies have clearly shown over the past few years that privatisation does not automatically lead to investment.
Q So what are the alternatives?
A We would like to see public-private deals and a commitment to continuous investment in updating NATS infrastructure and equipment. The Government says this will cost £1bn over 10 years, but that is only the cost of two jumbos over a decade.