HC Deb 21 March 1951 vol 485 c2397
13. Mr. Spence

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will consult with the Aberdeen County Council and the Aberdeen Town Council before finalising his plans for the new 2,000-yard runway at Dyce Airport; when the survey being carried out by his Department will be completed; and what arrangements will be made for the rehousing of families displaced by the demolition of their existing dwelling-houses.

Mr. A. Henderson

I will gladly consult with the Aberdeen County Council and the Aberdeen Town Council. The survey has already been completed, but my Department's plans are under review to determine what can be done to reduce their effect on existing dwelling-houses and this may necessitate a further survey. I am consulting my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland in regard to the rehousing of any families who may be displaced.

Mr. Spence

Is the decision to proceed with this new runway a final decision, or might it be reconsidered in the light of the survey if it is shown that great hardship would be incurred?

Mr. Henderson

I should not like to rule out a reconsideration in the light of any evidence which is not now before us being brought to our attention by those who are interested. It is, however, very important that we should have this runway, because of the re-equipment of the Aberdeen squadron with jet aircraft.