HC Deb 21 March 1951 vol 485 cc2398-9
15. Surgeon Lieut-Commander Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for Air what his proposals are for the future of the flying boat base at Calshot.

Mr. A. Henderson

Calshot will continue to be used as a flying boat station of the Royal Air Force.

Surgeon Lieut-Commander Bennett

While that is certainly in many ways a very satisfactory answer, may I ask the right hon. and learned Gentleman if he is aware of the very large and increasing heavy sea traffic around the port of Calshot, which will be expanded by the building of a very large oil depot in the neighbourhood, and if he considers that the place will be safe enough to continue there the training of flying boat pilots?

Mr. Henderson

It will be certainly safe enough for the time being.