HC Deb 07 July 1954 vol 529 c2148
40. Major Anstruther-Gray

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will give figures to show the increased use, both passenger and goods, made of East of Scotland airfields during the last six months, as compared with 1953; and what further expansion he anticipates in the immediate future.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (Mr. John Profumo)

In the six months ending May, 1954, 62,300 passengers and 232 tons of freight were handled at aerodromes in the eastern half of Scotland. This compares with 56,800 passengers and 233 tons of freight in the six months ending May, 1953. So far as I can foresee, the annual increase of about 10 per cent. in passenger traffic over 1953 will continue into the immediate future.

Mr. Rankin

Is not that a great tribute to a nationalised industry?

Mr. Profumo

Anything which helps to increase the movements of civil aviation will always have tributes paid to it by my right hon. Friend.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Can my hon. Friend say how much of this traffic figure passes through the airport of Errol?

Mr. Profumo

None, Sir.