HC Deb 08 December 1965 vol 722 cc417-8
47. Mr. Ron Lewis

asked the Minister of Aviation what help he will give towards the provision of air services for Carlisle; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Stonehouse

The provision of air services is a matter for the operators themselves, and recent inquiries have shown that no operator yet considers demand for a London-Carlisle service sufficient to warrant starting. I am conscious of Carlisle's desire for air services and propose shortly to extend the scope and membership of the present North East Advisory Committee for Civil Aviation to cover Cumberland and Westmorland.

Mr. Lewis

Will my hon. Friend continue to use his powers with the airlines in order to bring this service to Carlisle, as it is long overdue?

Mr. Stonehouse

I am conscious of the great anxiety displayed in Carlisle, and by its representative here, and I will certainly do my best to persuade the airlines to consider this proposal seriously.