§ Mr. Howe
asked the Minister of Aviation (1) what estimate he has made of the likely effect upon the rate of increase in passengers using Hawarden and Liverpool Airports of the recent changes in Government policy;
(2) whether he is aware of the importance to North Wales and Merseyside of existing and projected scheduled air services to and from Hawarden and Liverpool Airports; and what steps he is taking to ensure that the maintenance and expansion of such services will not be jeopardised 116W by the maintenance of British European Airways' services to and from Manchester Airport;
(3) if he will make a statement about the probable effect on each of the existing scheduled services between Hawarden and Liverpool Airports, respectively, and other airports within the United Kingdom of the changes in Government policy; and what plans Her Majesty's Government has for securing the future of these services.
§ Mr. Roy Jenkins
I see no reason why the civil aviation policy which I announced on 17th February need have any effect upon the services out of Hawarden and Liverpool, neither of which is at present served by British European Airways. The cutting back of services from Manchester is not an acceptable method of helping Hawarden and Liverpool.