Helicopters (Thames Landing Facilities)

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd April 1958.

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Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton 12:00 am, 2nd April 1958

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation when helicopter landing facilities will be provided on or near the River Thames in central London.

Photo of Mr Airey Neave Mr Airey Neave , Abingdon

Applications by two private firms for planning permission to provide helicopter landing facilities on the River Thames in Central London are to be heard at public local inquiries arranged by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government. I cannot anticipate his decisions.

Photo of Mr Marcus Lipton Mr Marcus Lipton , Lambeth Brixton

Will not the hon. Gentleman agree that such facilities ought to be available in a capital city like London? Will he also say that this interesting and useful enterprise on the part of a Battersea engineering firm generally has his approval?

Photo of Mr Airey Neave Mr Airey Neave , Abingdon

I think that the approval must come from my right hon. Friend the Minister of Housing and Local Government. Perhaps the hon. Gentleman would like to know that the applications are for a site near York Road, Battersea, and for a floating pontoon adjoining the Albert Embankment, Lambeth.