Airfield Construction Schemes

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th December 1947.

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Photo of Major Lyall Wilkes Major Lyall Wilkes , Newcastle upon Tyne Central 12:00 am, 10th December 1947

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation whether cuts in the capital investment programme, necessitating delay in airfield construction schemes, make any distinction as regards schemes within development areas, similar to the factory-building priorities which have been retained by the Government.

Photo of Major Lyall Wilkes Major Lyall Wilkes , Newcastle upon Tyne Central

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware his decision means that in the North-East development area we shall not have any direct air route with the continent, especially with Scandinavia and Belgium, where Tyneside did most of the prewar trade, for at least three and, possibly, four or five years.

Photo of Mr George Lindgren Mr George Lindgren , Wellingborough

Yes, Sir. It is a matter of priority. Which shall be first, Jarrow tunnel and houses, or the development of the airfield?