HC Deb 16 July 1997 vol 298 cc384-5
5. Mr. Öpik

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the promotion of a regional air network for Wales. [6999]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales (Mr. Peter Hain)

The development of air services is primarily a commercial matter for airline operators. I will, however, be considering the role of air services, along with all other transport modes, in the context of the development of an integrated transport policy for Wales.

Mr. Öpik

I thank the Minister for that answer. As Welshpool airport has a serious chance of expanding to become the mid-Wales airport, will he commit to giving that initiative serious consideration as we make progress with it?

Mr. Hain

The hon. Gentleman's constituents will thank him for raising that matter because the improvement of air services to mid Wales is obviously important. I will do everything that I can to assist. In the case of Welshpool airport, discussions are taking place between the landowner and the airport owner. I hope that they can come to an agreement from which we can all move forward.

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