HC Deb 30 May 1960 vol 624 cc992-3
37. Mr. Gough

asked the Minister of Aviation if he is yet able to make a statement in regard to the Government's plans for finding a suitable replacement for Croydon Airport, with Customs facilities for the use of private aviation.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Aviation (Mr. Geoffrey Rippon)

In most respects Gatwick already meets this need. It is open to any private aircraft equipped with suitable radio, and it has customs facilities.

Mr. Gough

Would my hon. Friend agree that this long delay is creating a great handicap to private and business flying, and would not Gatwick meet the purpose for the time being?

Mr. Rippon

In our view, Gatwick is suitable in most respects. It will be even better when the hangarage and maintenance facilities are improved.