HC Deb 04 February 1953 vol 510 c1815
7. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Civil Aviation to give an estimate of the present annual cost to his Department of Bovingdon and Croydon airports, respectively; and when he expects to implement the policy of closing down these airports.

Mr. Profumo

The net annual cost to my Department of Bovingdon and Croydon airports is estimated at approximately £70,000 and £80,000, respectively. With regard to the last part of the Question, as I told the House on 2nd December last, although it is intended that civil operations from Bovingdon and Croydon should eventually cease, I am not yet able to forecast any actual dates.

Mr. Beswick

Since we are incurring considerable expense whilst these two remain in operation, is this another matter to which I can ask the hon. Gentleman to give his very close attention in order to see if he can come to a decision?

Mr. Profumo

Certainly it is a matter which the hon. Gentleman can ask me to look at carefully. Indeed, I can give an answer now. The dates of transfer will depend on the progress of the development of Gatwick or whatever aerodrome is selected as the southern alternate for London.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

When these savings come along, as we hope they will, can a considerable sum be devoted to the re-opening of Errol aerodrome as was promised years ago?

Mr. Profumo

I should need notice of that question.