HC Deb 01 March 1946 vol 419 cc435-6W
Mr. Dye

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air what steps are being taken to release land for cultivation or grazing on the disused airfields at Weston, Wend-ling, Shipdham, Pickenham, Wretham and the bomb-aiming practice ground between Ashill and Bradenham.

Mr. Strachey

The whole of the land at Shipdham and East Wretham is available for cultivation. We shall require the other three airfields for flying again and can only allow 320 acres to be ploughed up, at two of them, though another 675 acres in all have been offered for limited use, such as grazing. The land at Bradenham has always been available for grazing when the range is not in use.

Lieut.-Colonel Thorp

asked the Undersecretary of State for Air if he has any statement to make about the future of Millfield aerodrome, Wooler.

Mr. Strachey

We shall not require Mill" field for any further flying, but its storage and camp accommodation may be needed for some time yet. The land is now being offered unreservedly to the agricultural authorities for cultivation or other farming use and meanwhile, plans for the final disposal of the airfield are being considered.

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