§ The Under-Secretary of State for Defence for the Royal Air Force (Mr. Merlyn Rees)
The Royal Air Force will require Leconfield for as far ahead as can be foreseen. We are now prepared to discuss with any applicants the terms and conditions under which we could allow a scheduled civil air service to be operated from the airfield. For example, military needs must take priority, and we cannot undertake to provide for a civil operator any airfield or safety services we would not require ourselves.
§ Mr. James Johnson
Is my hon. Friend aware that the City of Kingston-upon-Hull has always been keen to have this airfield as the site for a municipal airport? Despite any lobbying by commercial firms, will he constantly bear this in mind?
§ Mr. George Jeger
Does my hon. Friend's reply relate to all R.A.F. airfields? Is it not time that a comprehensive review of all R.A.F. airfields was 437 held in order that some of them might be turned over to civilian use?