HC Deb 14 March 1951 vol 485 c1535
44. Mr. Morley

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation what proposals he has for the future of the Southampton Marine airport.

Mr. Beswick

The water-area licensed for aircraft operations will remain under the control of the Southampton harbour authorities. The passenger handling buildings will be disposed of to the best advantage.

Mr. Morley

Could my hon. Friend be a little more explicit? He has several times said that the airport is to be kept on a proper care and maintenance basis— a care and maintenance basis for what? What is the use to which the airport will be put?

Mr. Beswick

The decision to keep these buildings on a care and maintenance basis was made on the understanding that we would operate the Princess flying boat. As my hon. Friend has heard, this flying boat will now be used for military operations.