HC Deb 21 April 1937 vol 322 cc1740-1
36. Mr. Logan

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware that the Speke aerodrome possesses no direction-finding apparatus; and, in view of the danger of this defect, when the Air Ministry intends to provide the essential equipment?

Sir P. Sassoon

I am aware that the Speke aerodrome is not itself equipped with direction-finding apparatus, but I cannot admit that this constitutes a dangerous defect. Direction-finding apparatus exists at Manchester aerodrome capable of providing adequate radio navigational facilities for aircraft in the vicinity of Speke. In addition, a medium wave beacon is being installed by the Liverpool Corporation to enable aircraft to be guided to the aerodrome.

Mr. Logan

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that opinion in Liverpool is that it is dangerous not to have this apparatus?

Sir P. Sassoon

It is not dangerous in my opinion, because the aerodrome at Speke is connected with the aerodrome at Manchester by telephone which gives it all the direction-finding facilities required.