HC Deb 26 July 1950 vol 478 c441
35. Mr. Gilbert Longden

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation if he has any statement yet to make on the provision of grass landing strips at major aerodromes to lessen the wear on runways and to cheapen their cost of maintenance.

Mr. Beswick

The cost of providing and maintaining grass strips would far exceed the saving, if any, on hard runway maintenance at major aerodromes.

Mr. Longden

Is the Minister aware that these grass strips are in common use in France, that they make an addition to the landing field and, therefore, lower the cost of running the aerodrome?

Mr. Beswick

The hon. Gentleman is right as to his statement that grass strips are available in France, but it is incorrect to say that the running charges are, in consequence, lower than in this country.