HC Deb 25 May 1933 vol 278 cc1266-7
46. Lieut.-Colonel GAULT

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether his attention has been drawn to the scarcity of identification signs throughout the country for the assistance of air navigation; and if he will arrange for towns and railway stations to have their names conspicuously displayed in white letters legible at 1,000 feet?


I think the scarcity of ground markings is rather less serious than my hon. and gallant Friend's question suggests, and that there is no special further action which the Air Ministry could suitably take at the present time. As my hon. and gallant Friend is aware, the Air Ministry is sympathetic to the scheme outlined in my reply of 9th December, 1931, to my Noble Friend the Member for Central Bristol (Lord Apsley).

Lieut.-Colonel GAULT

Would it not be possible for the Air Ministry to give some special encouragement to railway companies to have the names of the railway stations painted on the roofs as well as on the walls of their buildings?


Railway stations are very often situated in thickly-populated areas, and, if the hon. and gallant Member's suggestion were adopted there might he some danger from low flying.


Is the Minister aware that a large number of gas companies have already painted the names of their towns on the tops of the gasholders, and will he not consider writing a personal letter to gas companies in order to get this practice adopted all over the country?


I will consider that.