HC Deb 13 March 1963 vol 673 cc1351-3
36. Mr. Loveys

asked the Minister of Labour what action he is taking to ensure that civilian employees made redundant by the change in status of the Royal Air Force station at Tangmere are able to find employment.

Mr. Whitelaw

I could not give the figure without notice but I note what the hon. Gentleman has said.

Following are the tables:

Mr. Whitelaw

I understand that there will be no redundancies before October. The Chichester employment exchange manager will arrange to register the employees concerned before they become redundant and will do everything possible to assist them to find other work.

Mr. Loveys

While thanking my hon. Friend, may I ask him to urge the Minister of Labour to take the initiative and consult the Secretary of State for Air and the Minister of Aviation to see whether this fine airfield cannot be put to a more useful purpose and thus supply more employment than would be the case if it became a mere relief landing ground?

Mr. Whitelaw

I note what my hon. Friend says, but, a he will appreciate, this is a matter for the Secretary of State for Air. I can assure him that my right hon. Friend is well aware of the issues involved.

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