HC Deb 25 March 1964 vol 692 cc446-7
15. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Aviation if he is aware of the disquiet of the Bristol, Lulsgate, Airport Committee concerning the hazard to aircraft approaching the airport caused by the erection of the mast 1,624 feet high in close proximity to the aerodrome; if he will re-examine the position in the light of the weather conditions at the airport; and if he will receive a deputation from the committee on this matter.

Mr. Marten

In considering the proposal by the British Broadcasting Corporation to erect this mast all relevant factors, including weather conditions at Lulsgate Airport were taken into account. My Department decided that the proposal did not offend against the internationally accepted criteria which govern the safeguarding of airfields. I am satisfied that this view is correct. I am, after Question Time, meeting a deputation of hon. Members and local representatives about this.

Mr. Awbery

I am grateful to the Parliamentary Secretary for agreeing to meet a deputation this afternoon to discuss the matter. When he discusses it with the deputation, will he bear in mind that the Bristol local authority and the chamber of commerce have used very strong language in condemning the erection of this mast, 1,650 ft. high, within six miles of the aerodrome? The Minister's own Department has said that it may not be the right thing and that it may be undesirable to have a mast so near to the airport. Will the Minister consider this matter when he meets the deputation this afternoon?

Mr. Marten

I hope that the hon. Member will be present. If he is not, I will certainly bear that in mind.