HC Deb 26 February 1958 vol 583 cc362-3
34. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty if he is aware of the concern felt by people in the neighbourhood of Rugby, Coventry, and Nuneaton regarding the closing of the Royal Naval Air Station at Bramcote; and what plans he has for the future use of the buildings on this station.

Mr. T. G. D. Galbraith

My noble Friend regrets the necessity to close this station, and appreciates that it must be a matter for concern locally.

There is no Naval requirement for the buildings. The Admiralty is in touch with other Departments with the object of exploring possible alternative uses for the property.

Mr. Johnson

Is the Civil Lord aware that the local council is keenly interested in this matter and that my council will lose heavily financially? Is he aware that the Mayor of Nuneaton has said that he would like to use this station possibly for industrial purposes?

Mr. Galbraith

I am very glad to have that information and will look into it.

Mr. Bowles

Is there any chance of the hon. Gentleman seeing the Minister of Civil Aviation with a view to this station being taken over by the Ministry as a sub-aerodrome for use by industrialists in Coventry, Nuneaton and other industrial towns in the area?

Mr. Galbraith

We consult with other Departments before deciding on these matters.

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