Marine Base

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1946.

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Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey 12:00 am, 27th November 1946

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation when he expects that a decision will be reached regarding the flying-boat base at Langstone Harbour.

Photo of Mr George Lindgren Mr George Lindgren , Wellingborough

I regret I cannot add to the reply I gave to my hon. and gallant Friend the Member for North Portsmouth (Major Bruce) on 6th November last, when I said that the Report of the Pakenham Committee was under examination and that until a decision had been taken by the Government it was not possible to make a statement on the future of Langstone Harbour, or any other possible site for a marine base.

Photo of Mr David Gammans Mr David Gammans , Hornsey

Cannot the Minister say when the Government will come to some decision in this matter, instead of dithering about with it?

Photo of Mr George Lindgren Mr George Lindgren , Wellingborough

At the moment I cannot. The matter is outside the control of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, having been referred to the appropriate committee for consideration, in connection with matters other than civil aviation.