HC Deb 09 March 1938 vol 332 cc1881-2
47. Mr. R. Gibson

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what towns in Scotland have been visited by, or on behalf of, his Department for examination for the suitability of sites to be developed as an aerodrome or for aeroplane purposes; whether he will consider Greenock, with the old Caird shipyard site at present unused, as a suitable base for an aeroplane service to the West of Scotland, the Western Isles, Ireland, and overseas; and whether he has any statement to make on the subject?

Lieut.-Coloned Muirhead

Seventeen towns in Scotland and several islands off the north and west coasts (the names of which I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT have been visited in response to inquiries regarding the suitability of sites for aerodromes. Greenock Harbour was licensed last year as a sea aerodrome, and I would be happy to arrange for an inspection of the old Caird shipyard if a local authority or other responsible concern contemplated the development of that site for aviation purposes.

Mr. Macquisten

Is not by far the best site for an aerodrome in the West of Scotland to be found on land near Campbeltown?

Mr. Maxton

Who wants to go there?

Following is the information:

The towns visited were:
Aberdeen. Kilmarnock
Campbeltown. Motherwell.
Dundee. Perth.
Edinburgh. Prestwick.
Falkirk. Renfrew.
Glasgow. Stirling.
Greenock. Thurso.
Inverness. Wick.
The islands visited were:
Shetlands. Benbecula.
Orkneys. Barra.
Lewis. Skye.
North Uist. Mull.
South Uist. Islay.

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