§ 34. Mr. Rippon
asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he has considered proposals for the expansion of Woolsington airport and, in particular, the question of aid from European Community Funds for the purpose; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Clinton Davis
The Newcastle Airport Joint Committee has been informed that I do not consider its expansion proposals would meet the Commission's criterion for a grant from the European Economic Community's Regional Development Fund. The future role of regional airports, including Newcastle, will be considered in part 2 of the consultation document "Airport Strategy for Great Britain" which will be published in the next few weeks.