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Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th June 1949.

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Photo of Sir Arthur Harvey Sir Arthur Harvey , Macclesfield 12:00 am, 29th June 1949

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation if he will make a statement naming the civil airports which are to be in use for the next five years within a radius of 40 miles of London.

Photo of Mr George Lindgren Mr George Lindgren , Wellingborough

I have nothing to add to the statement I made in the Debate in Committee of Supply on 1st March last.

Photo of Sir Arthur Harvey Sir Arthur Harvey , Macclesfield

But that statement was very unsatisfactory to civil operators. It is surely up to the Ministry to make definite plans, within the limits of the country's economy, so that operators know their tenure at airports? When will the Parliamentary Secretary be in a position to come to an early decision in the matter?

Photo of Mr George Lindgren Mr George Lindgren , Wellingborough

That decision has already been indicated. We shall de-requisition Blackbushe at the earliest possible moment, which will be in 1951, if not earlier; it will be derequisitioned in 1952 at the latest.