HC Deb 21 January 1959 vol 598 c198
36. Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation on what works the £2 million set aside for the reconstruction of Prestwick Airport will be spent.

Mr. Watkinson

The development of Prestwick Airport at an estimated cost of between £2 million and £3 million will include the extension of the main runway and associated taxi-track to about 9,800 feet; the provision of a new terminal area, including a new apron; the construction of a new control tower and fire station; and the diversion of the A.77 road.

Mr. Rankin

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that reply, but can he not now give details of the expenditure on the various items? Can he say whether or not any sum is being reserved for the construction of an hotel at Prestwick, which is absolutely necessary?

Mr. Watkinson

If the hon. Gentleman, who takes a great interest in Prestwick, will put down a question about the details I will try to answer it. We have the hotel under consideration. As he knows, the Redbrae site is a much better one for an hotel than the other one.