HC Deb 05 February 1930 vol 234 c1896W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he is aware of the difficulties experienced by local authorities with regard to the purchase of land for municipal air ports; and if he will consider the desirability of providing statutory powers for the compulsory acquisition of land required for the purpose of establishing municipal air ports?


I am aware that difficulties have arisen in certain cases. A general power to acquire land for aerodromes by agreement is, of course, conferred upon local authorities by Section 8 of the Air Navigation Act, 1920, and some municipalities have taken compulsory powers for this purpose in special Acts which they have promoted. Whether it will be possible to grant them such powers by means of any general legislation, I am not in a position to say, but the question is receiving consideration.

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