HC Deb 21 February 1940 vol 357 c1322
19. Dr. Little

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether, as Northern Ireland occupies an ideal situation both geographically and meteorologically for the training of pilots and observers for the Royal Air Force, he will immediately consider the desirability of having additional aerodromes established there; and whether he will alleviate unemployment and utilise the skilled labour available by the establishment of another aircraft factory in Belfast or its vicinity in the near future?

Sir K. Wood

The possibility of establishing an additional aerodrome in Northern Ireland is under consideration. Extensions to factories in Northern Ireland are in hand and these will in due course provide a greatly increased demand for local labour.

Dr. Little

Has the right hon. Gentleman received an offer of free sites for any buildings which may be required in connection with this matter?

Sir K. Wood

Yes, Sir, I understand that a communication reached me this morning, and I am examining it.