Civil Airports

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28 January 1959.

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Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan 12:00, 28 January 1959

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what civil airports in the United Kingdom were closed, and for how many days in each case, since 1st November, 1958, to the nearest convenient date.

Photo of Mr John Hay Mr John Hay , Henley

I will, with permission, circulate information in the OFFICIAL REPORT about civil airports where weather conditions prevented operations for a period of 24 hours or more during the period 1st November, 1958. to 20th January, 1959.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan

Would the hon. Gentleman agree that during this winter the closures have been exceptional, owing to fog? Can he say whether any estimate has been formed of the losses which have befallen operating corporations as a result of fog disruption? May I also ask whether we have given up hope of achieving an effective method of fog dispersal?

Photo of Mr John Hay Mr John Hay , Henley

I think that all hon. Members who have travelled by air know how annoying fog delays can be. Without notice, I have not any estimate of the cost to the corporations or independent operators.

Photo of Mr Jon Rankin Mr Jon Rankin , Glasgow Govan

Can the hon. Gentleman get an estimate?

Photo of Mr John Hay Mr John Hay , Henley

If the hon. Member cares to table a Question, I will look into the matter. In answer to the last part of the hon. Gentleman's supplementary question, my hon. Friend the Member for Wembley, South (Mr. Russell) has tabled a Question about F.I.D.O., the Answer to which will, I think, clear up the hon. Member's doubts.

following is the information:

AirportNumber of days
Belfast2
Birmingham2
Bristol9
Cardiff3
Exeter3
Leeds and Bradford4
Liverpool3
Lydd2
Manchester3
Renfrew2

There were, of course, a number of other occasions when operations ceased for part of a day.