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Ministry's Airports

Volume 478: debated on Wednesday 25 October 1950

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation what is the number of staff, in each grade, employed at each of the United Kingdom airports operated by the Ministry; what is the estimated cost for 1950–51 of the maintenance and operation of each airport, excluding capital development; and what is the estimated revenue for 1950–51 from rentals, landing and handling fees and other sources, respectively, at each airport.

I am sending to the hon. Member a detailed list, showing under six main functional headings, grades of Ministry of Civil Aviation employees at State-controlled aerodromes. I am also placing a copy of this list in the library of the House of Commons.

In reply to the second part of the Question, an analysis for every aerodrome of estimates for bulk stores, materials, services and labour, would be a lengthy task as such estimates are prepared centrally on a national basis and not in respect of individual aerodromes or other ground stations. Details of such expenditure on a national basis are shown for 1950–51 in Part III of the published estimates for the Ministry (House of Commons Paper 7—VI of 1950) under parts of the Subheads A XII, D, E, G.4–5, J and M. The total comes to approximately £4,500,000.

MaintenanceOperationRentalsLanding and Handling FeesOther Revenue
Northolt (a main international and internal terminal airport)96,068383,424 (137,811)46,096172,95639,977
Bovingdon (an alternate kept open for 24 hours every day primarily for aircraft diverted from other airports)77,646119,563 (43,599)17,19828,73917,734
Elmdon (a typical provincial airport)22,92562,394 (26,777)11,2777,1217,337
Tiree (a remote island airport operated to provide a social service)5,45113,686 (5,370)639600704
The figures in brackets shown below the costs of operation are the amounts therein included in respect of aerodrome Control, Telecommunications and Meteorological services.