HC Deb 04 February 1948 vol 446 cc1777-8
1. Mr. William Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement about the provision of a new airport for Hong Kong; and how it will be financed.

The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Creech Jones)

This matter is under active consideration, but I regret that I am not yet in a position to make a statement.

Mr. Teeling

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that this is taking quite a long while, and that it is getting a rather urgent matter in regard to the development of the air services in the Far East?

Mr. Creech Jones

Already considerable progress has been made, and I hope very shortly that a statement will be made.

Mr. Walter Fletcher

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that this is exactly the same answer as he gave nearly six months ago to the same Question?

Mr. W. J. Brown

Will the right hon. Gentleman say when he contemplates that we shall pass in this matter from active consideration to passive action?