HC Deb 05 May 1965 vol 711 cc1347-8
32. Mr. Dell

asked the Minister of Aviation what is his policy on the development of international services from municipal airports.

Mr. Roy Jenkins

The provision of such services is, subject to licensing, a matter for the commercial initiative of operators, but as I told the House in my statement of 17th February, any British operator, public or private, who wishes to provide a genuinely new service will have my full support.

Mr. Dell

Is my right hon. Friend aware that that Answer will be welcomed because it will assist development in areas in which these airports are situated if there are overseas services available which do not involve changing and wasting time at London Airport?

Mr. Jenkins

My hon. Friend and the House will be glad to know that I have had a very full and satisfactory discussion with representatives of the Corporations at Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham on precisely this point.

Mr. Robert Cooke

Can the Minister say what he can do to help Bristol municipal airport? Will he use his good offices to get rid of the difficulties that exist between the B.B.C. and the planning authorities with regard to the television mast which threatens the operation of this as an international airport?

Mr. Jenkins

I will certainly look at that although it has not previously been drawn to my attention. I was able to assist Bristol municipal airport by making a diverted landing there myself the other day, but I shall try to assist it more substantially in the future.

Mr. Rankin

Can my right hon. Friend assure me that the Answer that he has just given will be kept in mind in reference to the development of the new airport at Abbotsinch?

Mr. Jenkins

Yes, certainly, Sir.