HC Deb 14 April 1970 vol 799 c1195
18. Mr. Dan Jones

asked the Minister of Public Building and Works if, in the light of the objectives of Conservation Year, his Department has examined the possibility of preserving local amenities by building new airfields in offshore locations.

Mr. Loughlin

The practical problems of offshore building have been studied by my Ministry and a report was issued in February. Although the basic technical and economic principles of construction have been largely established the provision of adequate access to city centres could be a major complication.

Mr. Jones

Has the Minister drawn on the expertise of other nations where experience in these matters has been acquired?

Mr. Loughlin

Yes, we have had our experts looking at the offshore sites in Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as those which exist in Hong Kong.