Turnhouse Airport

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th April 1970.

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Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West 12:00 am, 8th April 1970

asked the President of the Board of Trade what further progress has been made in plans for improving terminal facilities at Turnhouse Airport, Edinburgh.

Photo of Mr Goronwy Roberts Mr Goronwy Roberts , Caernarvon

I regret that I have nothing to add to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend's Question on 25th February.—[Vol. 796, c. 325–6.]

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

Is my right hon. Friend aware that it is time that he had something to add? Nothing to nothing makes nothing. Is he aware that he will be subject to constant pressure until there are some visible signs that progress is being made to satisfy the staff and the passengers who have had to use this slum of an airport for far too long?

Photo of Mr Goronwy Roberts Mr Goronwy Roberts , Caernarvon

Progress is being made, as I told my hon. Friend when he last raised this matter. Improvements are being carried out at Turnhouse, and plans for new facilities have been prepared. These will be carried out as part of the development of the airport as a whole.

Photo of Dr Winnie Ewing Dr Winnie Ewing , Hamilton

As this airport is a vital link concerning Scottish economic development, is this not another chink in the Government's armour? Is it not time that they got on with improving the airport facilities?

Photo of Mr Goronwy Roberts Mr Goronwy Roberts , Caernarvon

The Government's attitude towards air services in Scotland shows no disregard for Scottish interests——

Photo of Dr Winnie Ewing Dr Winnie Ewing , Hamilton

It does. We want direct flights to Europe.

Photo of Mr Goronwy Roberts Mr Goronwy Roberts , Caernarvon

Scotland is well treated as regards the development of services in the Highlands and Islands.

Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , West Lothian

Is not the answer that it should be transferred as soon as possible to the British Airports Authority?

Photo of Mr Goronwy Roberts Mr Goronwy Roberts , Caernarvon

That is a separate question.

Earl of Dalkeith:

Who is responsible for the delays now taking place which are doing Scotland a great deal of damage?

Photo of Mr Goronwy Roberts Mr Goronwy Roberts , Caernarvon

There is no delay. Progress is being made on interim improvements at the airport. In addition, plans have been prepared for the improvement of the airport within the wider scheme which still remains to be adopted.

Photo of Sir Knox Cunningham Sir Knox Cunningham , South Antrim

On a point of order. Mr. Speaker. Owing to the unsatisfactory nature of those replies, I beg to give notice that I shall seek to raise the matter again.