HC Deb 03 May 1971 vol 816 cc989-90
8. Mr. Alec Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what advice he has tendered to the Glamorgan County Council regarding its application for a capital grant for developments at Glamorgan (Rhoose) Airport.

Mr. Peter Thomas

The county council has been told that my right hon. Friend the Minister for Trade will be receiving a deputation to discuss this matter and that I will be represented at the meeting.

Mr. Jones

Would not the Secretary of State agree that the development of Glamorgan's airport at Rhoose is of great importance for the whole region? As municipal airports at Newcastle and Teesside receive Government grants for their development, we naturally expect Glamorgan to receive similar grants.

Mr. Peter Thomas

I am well aware of the nature and extent of the works being undertaken at Rhoose and of the significance of this airport to Wales.

Mr. Gower

In any representations which he makes to his right hon. Friend, will my right hon. and learned Friend take account of the fact that since the war, for various reasons, the proportion of capital resources devoted to civil aviation in Welsh airports has been minute in comparison with that devoted by the Treasury of the United Kingdom to aviation in every other part of the United Kingdom?

Mr. Peter Thomas

I assure my hon. Friend that all the relevant facts and arguments will be carefully considered before a decision is made.

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