HC Deb 11 June 1947 vol 438 cc1039-40
5. Mr. Douglas Marshall

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation if he is aware that in 1939, under private enterprise, the West Country was served by an air service, but at the moment no service is in operation with the exception of the Isles of Scilly; and when Cornwall and the West Country is to have an air service.

Mr. Lindgren

I am aware that in 1939 there were a number of services, which were almost entirely seasonal, catering for holiday traffic in the West Country during the summer months, mainly to and from the Scilly Islands. The present services to the Scilly Islands by British European Airways are operated to a larger frequency than before the war. As regards introduction of further services in [...]e West Country, I regret that I cannot [...]ke any statement until the completion [...] the review referred to in my reply of [...] May last to the hon. Member for New[...]rt (Mr. Peter Freeman).

Mr. Marshall

May I ask the Parliamentary Secretary to give really active consideration and not just consideration to this matter of giving an air service to the West Country and Cornwall?

Mr. Lindgren

Yes, Sir, but I should be misleading the House and the hon. Member if I led him to believe that there was any likelihood of these services being introduced during this summer.

Mr. Medland

Can the Parliamentary Secretary say when the airport at Harrowbeer, near Yelverton, will be opened, and can he direct his attention to the West Country, instead of spending so much time in Scotland?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

If it is true that the Corporation cannot do so this season, will the Parliamentary Secretary allow charter companies to run regular scheduled services to the West Country this summer?

Mr. Lindgren

No, Sir. That would be at variance with the Act.