Airport Development Schemes

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd February 1949.

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Photo of Major Lyall Wilkes Major Lyall Wilkes , Newcastle upon Tyne Central 12:00 am, 23rd February 1949

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation why successive proposed schemes to develop Woolsington Airport, Newcastle-on-Tyne, for continental traffic, at a cost of £450,000, and a subsequent revised scheme costing £140,000, were both refused sanction and grant-in-aid when permission for other airport development schemes, including that at Ringway, Manchester, have been recently sanctioned; and what are the considerations which at the moment regulate the rejection or acceptance of airport development schemes by his Department.

Photo of Mr George Lindgren Mr George Lindgren , Wellingborough

My noble Friend has been unable to support schemes for the development of Woolsington Aerodrome because of the limitations on Capital Investment and because a site at Boldon has been selected for ultimate development as the aerodrome to serve Tyneside. With regard to the second part of the Question, airport development must be confined at present to schemes urgently required to meet the most essential need for international air services.

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

Whilst I appreciate the limitations put upon airport development schemes by reason of cuts in the capital investment programme, will my hon. Friend bear in mind that at present the North-East coast of England is entirely without any air communication with Scandinavia and that that part of the country feels rather neglected as a result?