HC Deb 29 March 1950 vol 473 cc388-9
37. Mr. J. Grimston

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation if he will extend to the De Havilland Dove the facility of making a single annual payment of £5 to cover all landing fees at State owned aerodromes by altering the qualification from an all up weight of 6,000 lb. to an unladen weight of 6,000 lb.

Mr. Beswick

This concession of a cheap landing fee was made to assist the private flyer of limited resources, and we are unable to extend it beyond the present limit.

Mr. Grimston

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the Dove aircraft is one of the more successful British civil aircraft and that it is precisely for that kind of aircraft that this concession was originally granted?

Mr. Beswick

No, I do not think it was. It is for the cheaper aircraft and the flyer of more limited resources. The line has to be drawn somewhere and the arguments are that the line should be drawn lower rather than higher.