HC Deb 22 June 1955 vol 542 cc1305-6
34. Colonel Gomme-Duncan

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what progress has been made towards the carrying out of the proposals for the establishment of Errol as an airport for the Perth-Dundee area.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I have had no proposals from operators who wish to use this airport.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

But does my right hon. Friend realise that the Government of the day, as long ago as 1946, made proposals themselves to this end, and that nothing has happened since? Is he aware that locally we are coming to feel that this state of affairs has now become a permanency, and that there will be no aerodrome for that area of Scotland at all?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

As my hon. and gallant Friend knows, the aerodrome is there and is available but, as he equally well knows, I have no power to compel either British European Airways or independent operators to operate a service if they do not think it worth while.

Mr. D. Jones

Does the fact that the right hon. Gentleman has been loth to grant Customs facilities to aerodromes which are already in existence preclude private operators from making any attempt to operate the aerodrome?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

There is nothing about Customs facilities in this Question.