HC Deb 01 December 1952 vol 508 c120W
81. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Civil Aviation the total acreage of airports and aerodromes in civil use in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Profumo

The total acreage of airports and aerodromes in civil aviation use in the United Kingdom under the control of my Department is 19,500. There are also 59 aerodromes under the control of other Departments which are available for civil aviation use. These aerodromes involve approximately 28,000 acres. In addition, there are 64 licensed and eight unlicensed civil aerodromes, the acreage of which could not be calculated without very considerable expenditure of effort.

80. Mr. Beswick

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air the total acreage of aerodromes in the United Kingdom in operational use or otherwise, held by the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force.

Mr. Ward

The airfields in active use held by the Air Ministry total 170,640 acres. The remainder, which are available for unrestricted agricultural use, total 70,180 acres.