§ Mr. Speir
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in view of the increasing amount of freight and the number of passengers now passing through the Customs at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Municipal Airport at Woolsington, Northumberland, he will arrange for this airport to be upgraded from Category C to Category B for Customs purposes, and to have increased Customs staff stationed there during the summer months.
§ Mr. Barber
Customs airports are graded Category B when there is enough work throughout the year to give full-time employment to the Customs officers 21W stationed there. The winter traffic at Woolsington would not keep a permanent officer fully employed. It would not, therefore, be justifiable to upgrade the airport at present, but additional Customs staff will be sent there during the summer months.