HC Deb 01 June 1938 vol 336 c2047
71. Major Procter

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, in view of the increasing volume of air transport which is likely to develop as a result of the increased subsidies to be given, it is proposed to take any steps to deal with the consequent increasing congestion which is likely to result at Croydon airport?

Captain Balfour

I am pleased to say that steps have already been taken in this matter. Heston airport, which was acquired by my Department is in process of being extended to standard size. British Airways have already transferred to that airport. Further, the City Corporation have acquired an aerodrome site at Fair-lop. My Department is actively examining the requirements in aerodromes for London air traffic having in mind probable future requirements. In the meantime certain necessary improvements at Croydon are to be carried out.

Major Procter

Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman also look into the question of providing better transport facilities to Croydon; and is it within his purview to examine the possibility of an overhead suspension system on the existing line which would get people to Croydon in less time than is occupied now?

Captain Balfour

The provision of transport facilities to these airports is not the direct responsibility of the Air Ministry, but we are co-operating with the appropriate Department in every possible way.