HC Deb 11 February 1931 vol 248 cc395-6

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether his Department is still encouraging the establishment of civil aerodromes; and if he will give the names of those either constructed or about to be constructed in this country, together with any fresh proposals to this end which have come under his notice in 1930?


The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. As regards the remainder, I am not sure what the hon. Member has in mind. There are at present 122 licensed civil aerodromes of all kinds in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and I would refer the hon. Member to the "Air Pilot," Volume 1, which is published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, should he require the names of these aerodromes. If, however, the question relates particularly to municipal aerodromes, eight towns—Blackpool, Bristol, Hull, Ipswich, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, and Plymouth—have established aerodromes; six towns—Carlisle, Leicester, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Southampton, and Stoke-on-Trent—have purchased sites for aerodromes: 18 towns are negotiating for the purchase of sites and 12 other towns have reserved sites for aerodromes in their town planning schemes.


Is the hon. Member perfectly satisfied with the development of civil aviation in this country during the past year?


On the question of the development of civil aviation I do not think we can he satisfied with the progress at any given time, not completely satisfied. We would like the progress to be greater than it is, but considerable progress has been made in that direction.

50. Mr. MALONE

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air if he will state the position in regard to the establishment of a municipal aerodrome at Northampton?


The position remains as stated in the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend on 14th July last.