HC Deb 08 February 1967 vol 740 c1641
34. Mr. Marten

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will make a statement about the application of grooved runways to British ariports.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

Grooved runways are a feature of Manchester and Leeds-Bradford airports. Grooving is one of several methods of reducing the risk of aircraft skidding or aquaplaning on wet runways.

Mr. Marten

Could the Minister say when they will be grooved at the British Airports Authority airports?

Mr. Mallalieu

That method is only one of several for providing extra safety. It is the most expensive. What method is employed must depend on local conditions.