HC Deb 30 April 1969 vol 782 cc231-2W
48. Mr. Dunn

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the proposed 50 per cent. increase of the navigation service charges to local authority airports, he now intends to extinguish the continuous deficit; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. William Rodgers

The long-term aim, endorsed by successive Governments, is to increase these charges progressively until the cost is borne entirely by the user. But no further increases are contemplated at present.

58. Mr. Tilney

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered the representations from provincial airports relating to navigation charges at Liverpool and other airports; and what consultation and communication he has had with the local airport authorities following their representations against the increase of 50 per cent. proposed in Statutory Instrument No. 510.

Mr. William Rodgers

Before deciding on the increase for which Statutory Instrument No. 510 provides, we gave careful consideration to the representations we received from the airport authorities and others whose comments we invited last November. We wrote to each of them subsequently notifying them of our decision and answering the specific points which they had made.

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