Departure Lounge, London Airport (Accommodation)

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

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Photo of Mr Harford Hyde Mr Harford Hyde , Belfast North 12:00 am, 16th November 1955

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will take steps to improve the toilet accommodation in the departure lounge of London Airport.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

I am not sure to which of the many departure lounges at London Airport my hon. Friend is referring. I presume that he has in mind the transit restaurant in the new building in the central area, which is being used until the end of this month as a departure lounge for internal flights. All the others have excellent accommodation of this sort.

Photo of Mr Harford Hyde Mr Harford Hyde , Belfast North

Is my right hon. Friend not aware that I am referring to the principal departure lounge for passengers? Is he not aware that those who arrive from Waterloo after a coach ride of approximately an hour and a quarter frequently find it very embarrassing to queue for the extremely limited accommodation? Will my right hon. Friend try to increase it?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

On the whole this accommodation is pretty good, apart from one example, which is a purely temporary arrangement during the next few weeks, but if my hon. Friend will specify with even greater precision which particular apartment he has in mind, I shall gladly look into the matter.