HC Deb 08 December 1965 vol 722 cc418-9
51. Sir Knox Cunningham

asked the Minister of Aviation whether he will consider amending the plans for the proposed extension to the airport building at the civil airport at Aldergrove, County Antrim, so as to include a passenger escalator for the convenience of the travelling public.

Mr. Stonehouse

No, Sir, for the reasons given in my reply to the hon. Member on 5th May, 1965.

Sir Knox Cunningham

Would not the hon. Gentleman consider it wise to change his policy, as there are so many passengers using this airport? We axe now in the late 'sixties, approaching the 'seventies, and would not he agree that it would be very much better to have escalators to take passengers to the first storey, where they have to go before boarding the aircraft?

Mr. Stonehouse

As the hon. and learned Gentleman knows, I have been pursuing this question for some time and I have seen, on site, some of the improvements at this airport. I am satisfied that, for the elderly and infirm people, it will be better if a lift is provided, and this is being done.