HC Deb 05 March 1947 vol 434 cc473-4
45. Mr. H. D. Hughes

asked the Prime Minister whether planning authorities and other interested bodies are to be given an opportunity of making representations to the Airfields Selection Committee before land is finally acquired for postwar aerodromes; and if he will state the composition of this committee.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Attlee)

Before decisions are reached about the future of airfields, planning authorities and other interested bodies are being fully consulted by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Town and Country Planning, who will, if necessary, arrange meetings between them and the Departments concerned. As regards the second part of the Question, it depends on the interests involved in each case which Ministers are consulted about the selection of airfields.

Mr. Hughes

Would my right hon. Friend say whether these land areas are covered by the Inter-Departmental Committee and whether a report on them will be included in the forthcoming White Paper?

The Prime Minister

Perhaps the hon. Member will put that question down.

Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite

In view of the great importance of this matter to local authorities, can the right hon. Gentleman indicate whether there will be any machinery of appeal?

The Prime Minister

The hon. and gallant Gentleman had better put that question down. The general position is as I have stated.

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