HC Deb 22 July 1959 vol 609 cc118-9W
57. Sir L. Heald

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether he is yet in a position to announce his plans for a permanent building at London Airport to replace the temporary accommodation now used by long-distance airlines.

Mr. Watkinson

Yes. The London Airport Development Committee, to which I am very grateful, recommended the erection of a new long-haul passenger building on the south-west side of the Central Area. After a detailed study of requirements and contemporary practice, carried out in co-operation with my own and other Departments and the airlines concerned, the architect has drawn up plans, which have passed the scrutiny of the Royal Fine Art Commission.

Tenders have been invited for the foundation and steelwork contracts and the building will come into operation in stages beginning in the second half of 1961. I hope in due course to place in the Library of the House a large-scale model of the building, together with the plans and an artist's impression.

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