Mr. WEST RUSSELL
asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air whether he can make any statement as to the suitability of the Tyne as an air port; and what action in that case should be taken by the local authorities to facilitate the development of the scheme?
§ Mr. MONTAGUE
A site for a sea aerodrome at South Shields has been inspected by an Air Ministry representative and reported upon as a suitable base1468W for marine aircraft having a good take-off performance. It could be developed as an air port if the neighbouring local authorities saw prospects of the operation of a seaplane service from the Tyne. The action to be taken as regards such development would be for the local authorities' decision, but the Air Ministry is ready to give all possible assistance in the way of technical advice.