HC Deb 13 February 1961 vol 634 c921
27. Mr. Rankin

asked the Minister of Aviation when he proposes to choose an architect to proceed with the planning of Abbotsinch Airport.

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

The preparation of instructions for an architect is in hand and my right hon. Friend expects to be able to make an appointment shortly.

Mr. Rankin

Does the hon. Gentleman's right hon. Friend realise that between now and 1963, when the Royal Naval Air Service will leave Abbotsinch, he will have to create a modern airport with all the latest facilities? If he is to do that he must move at an incredible speed. Can the hon. Gentleman say what "shortly" means in taking the first steps towards that speed in appointing the architect?

Mr. Rippon

My right hon. Friend fully realises all those matters and will proceed with all the speed that is necessary.