HC Deb 03 April 1957 vol 568 cc374-5
29. Mr. Gower

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what representations he has received against the proposal to erect a second television mast in a position covering the approaches to Rhoose Airport; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Watkinson

I received representations against the proposal from the Welsh Advisory Council for Civil Aviation and other interested parties. In consequence, a local inquiry was held in Cardiff on 7th March, following which my right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government gave planning permission for the mast to be erected at St. Hilary Down.

Mr. Gower

In view of the suggestion that the airport may be moved farther from Cardiff, will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that if that were done the airport would be farther from Cardiff than is any airport in Great Britain from the chief city that it serves?

Mr. Watkinson

That is a rather different question, but there are no definite proposals at the moment to move Rhoose Airport anywhere else.