Does the right hon. Gentleman recollect that there used to be feeder services at Prestwick but that, for no obvious reason, these have been discarded for a number of years? In the interim, by the advent of the jets, the speed of transit across the Atlantic has been reduced to 6½ hours. Is it not important, therefore, that when passengers make that crossing—and an increasing number are doing so—they should be transported to their other destinations in Scotland, or the nearest places in England, by a much speedier service than now exists? Surely that is the reason why we ought to have feeder services available at Prestwick for the purpose?
Has the Minister consulted people in Ayrshire about the desirability of having such services? Not everyone in the west of Scotland will find it convenient to go to Abbotsinch—indeed, not everyone in Glasgow will find it so convenient. Will not the right hon. Gentleman consider the idea of having some services from Prestwick run by B.E.A.?
I went to Prestwick on Thursday last, and I had some very fruitful discussions with the Ayrshire County Council. I was very glad to have its views, and I should like to pay tribute to the county council's initiative in developing this magnificent international airport.
The letter reiterated the council's view that Prestwick should be chosen as the substitute for Renfrew. I was glad to have the opportunity of meeting the representatives of the council at Prestwick last Thursday, and discussing the question with them.