So far as can be foreseen, these three aerodromes will continue to be operated for internal scheduled services, Liverpool also continuing to be used for services to the Irish Republic and Manchester for services to Europe. I cannot at present say whether other aerodromes in the north of England will be needed for scheduled operations.
Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that it would be desirable to have a yard-stick whereby municipal and Government efficiency could be measured one against the other?
Discussions are already taking place with some municipalities in Yorkshire. I should certainly hope that the air network will be extended over that part of the country in the future.
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there is some uneasiness in industry about this matter and that speed in delivery and in consultation will be most potent matters in the future, and give rise to the need for feeder services? Could he give an undertaking that early consideration will be given to the need for organising feeder services?
The main services for which the corporation are responsible are already operating. If there are private companies who wish to apply for an associate agreement to operate feeder services we shall be pleased to consider those applications.
Is it not the intention of the Ministry to set up feeder services on their own, or to encourage private enterprise to organise them to large municipal aerodromes like that at Ringway?
In the future, not necessarily this year or next, it is hoped that a combination of corporation services and feeder services, operated by private enterprise under associate agreements, will cover the country.