HC Deb 01 May 1919 vol 115 cc370-1W
Major Sir B. FALLE

asked the Under-Secretary of State to the Air Ministry why Portsmouth, the first Naval port and dockyard of the country, has been left out of the scheme of the Air Ministry; and if he is aware that Portsmouth is one of the largest towns on the South Coast and has some magnificent alighting ground for aeroplanes?

Major-General SEELY

There is no fully-equipped aerodrome in the immediate vicinity of Portsmouth. The air routes recently published are based on existing aerodromes where facilities in the shape of accommodation and personnel may be made available. Should the Portsmouth borough authorities have in view a suitable site, an officer of the Air Ministry will be sent to view it and discuss the possibility of its inclusion in the list of approved aerodromes.