Married Quarters, Mawgan

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1955.

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Photo of Mr Frank Hayman Mr Frank Hayman , Falmouth and Camborne 12:00 am, 16th November 1955

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air how many families will be housed in the married quarters which he proposes to build at Mawgan Airfield, north Cornwall; and what the total scheme is estimated to cost.

Photo of Mr George Ward Mr George Ward , Worcester

Our plans for married quarters at this airfield are being re-examined because of a possible change in the requirement. I will write to the hon. Member as soon as I can.

Photo of Mr Frank Hayman Mr Frank Hayman , Falmouth and Camborne

When the hon. Gentleman is re-examining the technical side of this matter, will he also reconsider the siting of these married quarters, because it would seem that they are likely to cost in the region of £500,000, and if he sites them where he wants to, it will be against the wishes of the county planning authority? Will the hon. Gentleman also bear in mind that military and naval quarters on big sites on the North Cornish coast have been abandoned within the last two years, and—?

Photo of Mr William Morrison Mr William Morrison , Cirencester and Tewkesbury

I think that will be enough to be going on with.

Photo of Mr George Ward Mr George Ward , Worcester

I will bear in mind the hon. Gentleman's representations, but I cannot make any promise at this stage.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Bearing in mind that this aerodrome is on the edge of one of the most beautiful pieces of coast scenery in Cornwall, will the hon. Gentleman make sure that the Government do not erect absolute horrors on the skyline, as they attempted to do once before and were forced to pull them down again? May I have an assurance?

Photo of Mr George Ward Mr George Ward , Worcester

One of the matters which we have carefully considered in our suggested siting of these married quarters is that they do not occupy good agricultural land.

Photo of Sir Harold Roper Sir Harold Roper , North Cornwall

As this aerodrome is in my constituency, may I ask my hon. Friend to give an assurance that the views of local authorities will be taken fully into consideration in arriving at a decision?

Photo of Mr George Ward Mr George Ward , Worcester

Certainly. We are in close touch with the local authorities.