Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th December 1961.
asked the Minister of Aviation what prospects he has in mind for the provision of additional civil aerodromes in the Tees-side area to promote the establishment of new industries in the North East.
The provision of aerodromes to meet the needs of Tees-side is a matter for the local authorities to consider in the first instance.
Would not my hon. Friend agree that the provision of increased facilities on Tees-side is vital to the establishment of future industries in the North-East? When these local authorities meet early in January, will he do all in his power to assist, even though it may be only for helicopter development?
If the local authorities apply to my right hon. Friend for assistance, he will, of course, consider it in relation to the criteria laid down in the White Paper.
As the local authorities are getting together on this, will the hon. Gentleman meet a deputation of local authorities and local Members concerned to discuss whether we can have a better arrangement for the use of Middleton St. George aerodrome, and, if necessary, use his authority with the Secretary of State for Air for this purpose?
I am sure that my right hon. Friend will be very willing to meet deputations from the local authorities to discuss the matter, but, in so far as it concerns the Secretary of State for Air, I think that the question would have to be addressed to him.