HC Deb 17 July 1957 vol 573 cc1129-30
32. Mr. P. Williams

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is satisfied with the state of readiness of the airfields in Cyprus; and if he will make a statement.

The Under-Secretary of State for Air (Mr. Charles Ian Orr-Ewing)

Although certain work is still in hand, I am satisfied that the airfields in Cyprus can meet the military demands that might be made on them.

Mr. Williams

Does that answer mean that the airfields in Cyprus are capable of taking even the heaviest bombers of the British strategic air force?

Mr. Orr-Ewing

Akrotiri airfield was constructed with this need in mind and can take our heaviest strategic bombers.