I attended the British Air Line Pilots Association (BALPA) Parliamentary Reception on Wednesday 2nd February, where I met the Chairman and a number of pilots from East Surrey concerned about the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) proposals regarding flying hours. The proposals contain plans to place the limit on hours of time both waiting to fly and in the cockpit to 12 hours at night and 14 during the day. This is an increase on the number of working hours that UK Pilots are currently permitted to do. The UK has an excellent record of flight safety and the pilots would like to see the rest of Europe levelled up to UK standards rather than be forced to level down to European standards. This is an example of unnecessary European interference in UK affairs and is something I will be keeping a close eye on.