HC Deb 30 May 1960 vol 624 cc994-5
40. Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Aviation what reconsideration he is giving to the plan for building a new hotel at Prestwick Airport.

Mr. Rippon

There is no doubt that a new hotel would be an asset at Prestwick. It would be best for it to be provided by private enterprise rather than by the Government. A site is available for an hotel and the Ministry of Aviation will be glad to consider proposals from any persons who may be interested.

Mr. Rankin

Does the hon. Gentleman realise that this undertaking will be most valuable? But can he justify to the country, apart from his own supporters, giving a private monopoly almost in the centre of a public utility which has been built up by the expenditure of millions of public money? Does he realise that this decision is causing a great deal of concern in Scotland and will not he reconsider the matter?

Mr. Rippon

Of course, the hon. Gentleman will be aware that the present hotel is managed by Scottish Aviation Ltd., although the premises and the fixtures are provided by the Ministry. Normally these facilities are provided by private enterprise, and in view of the need, there is little doubt that interest will be shown in the project.