HC Deb 01 July 1931 vol 254 cc1256-7

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the number of aerodromes in the West Riding of Yorkshire at the present time; whether these are regarded as sufficient for existing purposes; and whether his Department has made, or intends to make, representations to the local authorities in favour of the building of an aerodrome at Sheffield?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for AIR (Mr. Montague)

There is one permanent civil aerodrome licensed for public use in the West Riding of Yorkshire; this is at Sherburn-in-Elmet. The provision of additional aerodromes would certainly be in the best interests of civil aviation, and in October, 1928, municipal authorities throughout the country, including Sheffield, were circularised in this sense. The Corporation of Sheffield have had the matter under active consideration, and, at their request, one or two possible sites in the neighbourhood have been inspected by the Air Ministry. I hope that the result may be the provision of an aerodrome at Sheffield.


Can the hon. Member say whether any negotiations are in progress with his Department regarding the establishment of an aerodrome in any other part of this area?


I have already said that negotiations have been proceeding. The only thing that we can do is to advise the corporation of Sheffield as to suitable sites, and that has been done.