HC Deb 13 March 1968 vol 760 cc304-5W
Mr. Gwilym Roberts

asked the President of the Board of Trade if, in considering the siting of the third London airport he will consider evidence supplied to him by the hon. Member for South Bedfordshire on the extensions to Luton Airport which could enable it to cater for up to 5,000,000 passengers annually, thus postponing for five years the necessity for a decision on the third airport and at the same time diversifying the industrial pattern in South Bedfordshire.

Mr. J. P. W. Mallalieu

The development of Luton Airport is, in the first place, a matter for Luton Corporation, which will no doubt consult my Department about any plans for expansion. Any firm proposals will certainly be relevant to the inquiry dealing with the third London airport; but Luton's capacity is, in any event, considerably restricted by the need to avoid interference with traffic using Heathrow.

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