HC Deb 06 July 1920 vol 131 c1248W

Lieut. - Commander KENWORTHY asked the Secretary of State for Air how many municipalities have expressed their willingness to take over aerodromes in the vicinity of their towns, and which these municipalities are; and what is being done to meet their wishes?

Mr. CHURCHILL: At present under the general law, municipalities have no power to acquire or maintain aerodromes, but it is intended to confer this power upon them by the Air Navigation Bill now before Parliament. Two important municipalities, Edinburgh and Sheffield, have themselves introduced Private Bills this Session with the object of obtaining the necessary powers, and others, while not definitely committing themselves to such undertakings, have shown interest in the matter. For example, at the invitation of the municipalities, new sites for aerodromes have been inspected at Liverpool, Chester, Leeds and Bradford. When the necessary powers are obtained, it is hoped that many municipalities will avail themselves of them, and the Air Ministry will continue to give them any assistance in their power.