HC Deb 11 May 1949 vol 464 cc1834-5
20. Mr. Gammons

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is in a position to state when the new civil aerodrome in Hong Kong is likely to be finished and ready for use.

Mr. Creech Jones

It has been decided in principle to proceed with the construction of a new airport on the shores of Deep Bay, but it is not yet possible to say when it will be ready for use.

Mr. Gammans

Is it not a fact that this aerodrome has scarcely been started, although it has been well known for years that the Kai Tak aerodrome is one of the most dangerous in the world?

Mr. Creech Jones

There has been considerable examination of this problem, but it is true that building has not yet begun.

Air-Commodore Harvey

When did construction start at Deep Bay?

Mr. Creech Jones

It has not yet been started.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

In view of the aggravated threat from Communist armies approaching this place is it not time that something was done about this matter? Will the right hon. Gentleman speed it up in every possible way?

Mr. Creech Jones

Yes, Sir, it is being speeded up.

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