HC Deb 05 July 1928 vol 219 cc1593-4W

asked the Secretary of State for Air how many, and which, local authorities have yet established, or have formulated definite schemes for establishing, municipal landing grounds for civil aircraft; what municipalities have approached his Department for expert advice or financial assistance in the acquisition of sites; does: he extend such financial help where necessary; and, if so, how much has been expended up to the present in this manner?


There is in existence no municipal aerodrome or landing-ground, but a definite scheme for an aerodrome has been formulated by the Corporation of Blackpool. In addition to Blackpool, the following municipalities have asked for expert advice: Bognor, Bristol, Chester, Leeds, Leicester, Littlehampton, Morecambe, Portsmouth, Scarborough, Skegness and Worthing. Financial assistance has not been specifically requested and could not in any case be given from public funds. The only expenditure falling on the Air Ministry has been in respect of the travelling expenses of officials who have visited the proposed sites. I may add that, in addition to the municipalities above mentioned, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Plymouth are understood to have the question of establishing municipal aerodromes under consideration.