§ 4. Air-Commodore Harvey
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation which civil airfields have been taken over and what was the purchase price paid by his Ministry.
§ Mr. Lindgren
As the list of aerodromes is long, I will, with permission, circulate the answer to the first part of the Question in the OFFICIAL REPORT. As to the second part of the Question, none of the aerodromes referred to have yet been purchased by my Department, although some were purchased in whole or in part by the Service Departments.
§ Air-Commodore Harvey
Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that because payment has not been made, there is no real authority over any of these aerodromes? Neither the original owners nor the Government accept responsibility. Will he see that the buildings are maintained, because nothing is being done about that at the moment?
§ Mr. Lindgren
Yes, Sir. I will certainly do that.
Following is the reply:
The following aerodromes which were previously licensed for civil use are now under the management of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, although some are not yet open for flying:Aberdeen (Dyce), Belfast (Sydenham), Benbecula. Birrningham (Elmdon), Bristol (Whitchurch), Cardiff (Pengam Moors), Carlisle (Kingstown) (administered jointly with R.A.F.), Doncaster, Gatwick, Grimsby, Exeter, Inverness (Longman), Islay (Port Ellen), Liverpool (Speke), Nottingham (Tollerton), Prestwick, Renfrew, Ronaldsway (by arrangement with Isle of Man Government), Shoreham, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree, Westonsuper-Mare, Wick, Yeadon and York.