HC Deb 20 February 1957 vol 565 c417
22. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what are his arrangements with the concessionaire, Scottish Aviation Limited, in respect of the hotel at Prestwick; and what profits he received last year.

Mr. Watkinson

The concession held by Scottish Aviation, Ltd., in respect of hotel and catering services at Prestwick airport provides for payment to my Department of a percentage of the gross turnover, together with an annual sum representing the cost of services provided by the Department. It would be contrary to established practice to disclose the amounts of these payments.

Mr. Hughes

In view of the fact that the whole of the finances of Prestwick Airport have been recently examined, that a loss of £8,000 is shown and that every year, as a result of the airport, visitors are being brought to this hotel at the rate of 210,000 a year, is the right hon. Gentleman quite satisfied that he is getting sufficient revenue from this?

Mr. Watkinson

I shall have to look into that. I am always willing to make more money if I can.