HC Deb 05 May 1937 vol 323 cc1150-1
40. Mr. Everard

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the night flying now taking place in the Midland area in connection with the training of the searchlight battalions, he will arrange for the installation of wireless at Leicester municipal aerodrome from which this flying is taking place?

Sir P. Sassoon

Owing to the shortage of wave-bands the selection of airports for equipment with radio facilities calls for careful discrimination, and I regret that it is not at present practicable to consider the provision of such facilities at the Leicester aerodrome. Wireless facilities afforded by numerous other stations are, however, available to aircraft flying in the area to which my hon. Friend refers.

Mr. Everard

Is my right hon. Friend aware that on three or four nights a week all over the Midland area, aeroplanes are flying for these searchlight tests; and does he not think that for the safety of those aircraft proper wireless facilities ought to be provided at the aerodrome of departure?

Sir P. Sassoon

My hon. Friend knows the difficulty in connection with these matters. We cannot have these radio installations too close together. Aeroplanes using this aerodrome have at least seven other aerodromes on which they can call for wireless information.