HC Deb 18 June 1952 vol 502 cc1178-9
20. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Minister of Civil Aviation what further progress has been made in the provision of landing facilities for helicopters on the South Bank site.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (Mr. Maudling)

Discussions on this matter are still proceeding, but I am not yet able to say when a final decision will be made. As the hon. and gallant Member is no doubt aware, the question of an airstop is only one element in the much larger and more difficult issue of the future use and development of the South Bank.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Can the Minister say with whom these discussions are taking place and when it is likely that they will be brought to some sort of conclusion?

Mr. Maudling

Discussions are taking place between the various authorities interested in the future of the South Bank. I would not like to give any definite date for their conclusion. We are well aware of the importance of developing the helicopter and the importance of making sure that we are not crowded out in this matter.