HC Deb 15 July 1964 vol 698 c1179
10. Mr. Jeger

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make a statement on the future of the Royal Air Force station at Finningley, Yorkshire.

The Minister of Defence for the Royal Air Force (Mr. Hugh Fraser)

The Royal Air Force will need to retain Finningley as an active flying station for as far ahead as I can see.

Mr. Jeger

Does that mean that there is no question of the Royal Air Force giving up this base within the near future? Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there has been some hope of Finningley being transformed into a Yorkshire civil airport?

Mr. Fraser

No, Sir; there is no chance of our giving up this airfield in the foreseeable future.

Mr. Bellenger

As Finningley is in my constituency, may I say that I welcome the Minister's answer?