HC Deb 16 July 1969 vol 787 cc117-9W
Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

asked the President of the Board of Trade (1) whether he will seek powers to undertake a programme of construction of airstrips in the development areas in view of the need to improve communications to parts of such areas and to stimulate the light aircraft industry;

(2) if he will undertake a survey of industrial estates in development areas where advance factories have been or are about to be built, with a view to establishing landing strips for light aircraft close to such estates;

(3) what plans he has for promoting the use of light aircraft by the provision of additional landing strips; and whether he will bring up to date his instructions for the laying down of such strips.

Mr. William Rodgers

It is not the Government's policy to provide or operate airstrips although the powers to do so are available. It is open to anyone to consider the requirement for a landing strip to serve a particular need—a factory or industrial estate—and, subject to planning permission, to take steps to provide one. I am not aware that the lack of landing strips is inhibiting the use of light

Mr. Dell

Following is the information for May 1969:

aircraft nor that the advice on this subject given in August, 1963, is in need of revision. If there is concern on either of these points, however, I shall be glad to look into the matter.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the landing grounds available in the development areas, showing which of them are considered suitable for light aircraft of 6,000 lbs. or less only.

Mr. William Rodgers

The following aerodromes in the development areas are notified in the United Kingdom Air Pilot as available to civil fliers. Because of differences in aircraft performance, it is not possible to classify them in the way suggested although they would nearly all be suitable for use by small business aeroplanes. There are in addition many private unlicensed aerodromes not notified in Air Pilot as available but which could be made available with the permission of the owner.

Development Area Aerodrome
Merseyside Liverpool
Welsh *Hawarden
* Haverfordwest
*Valley (R.A.F.)
*Brawdy (R.N.)
Southwest. * Lands End
*Penzance Heliport
*Chivenor (R.A.F.)
Culdrose (R.N.)
*St. Mawgan (Newquay) (R.A.F.)
St. Mary's (Scillies)
Northern *Barrow (Walney Island)
*Sunderland (Usworth)
*Acklington (R.A.F.)
*Ouston (R.A.F.)
Scottish Aberdeen
*Glenforsa (Mull)
*Papa Westray
*North Ronaldsay
*Arbroath (R.N.)
*Kinloss (R.A.F.)
*Leuchars (R.A.F.)
*Lossiemouth (R.N.)
*Machrinhanish (R.A.F.)
Northern Ireland Belfast (Aldergrove)
*Belfast (Sydenham)
*Enniskillen (St. Angelo)
*Ballykelly (R.A.F.)
* Available for use only by prior permission of the airport operator.

Table 2 of Command Paper No. 3437
Figures for 1967–68 for BOAC, BEA and BAA
Average Net Assets Net Income Net Income as a percentage of Assets Fixed Investment in the United Kingdom Exchequer Loans Exchequer Loans as a percentage of fixed investment Total Employees at March, 1968
£m. £m. Per cent. £m. £m. Per cent. '000s.
BOAC 148 25.3 17.1 19.8 -2.8 -14.1 20
BEA 113 3.1 2.7 24.5 18.2 74.3 22
BAA 57 6.3 11.0 10.5 2.0 19.0 4

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