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Prestwick Airport

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 14 March 1951

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation what are his proposals for the development of Prestwick as an international airport.

I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend, the Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Emrys Hughes) on 15th February.

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that I am getting very tired of having to put this Question and of getting very unsatisfactory replies? Would he tell my why the recommendations of the Clydesmuir Committee have not been accepted in their entirety since, as all Scottish Members know, they represent the real wishes of Scotland in regard to civil aviation?

I am surprised when the hon. and gallant Gentleman says that the replies are unsatisfactory, because in the answer to which I referred him there are two columns in HANSARD much of which are occupied by details of recommendations which were made by that Committee and which were accepted by us.

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that in spite of two columns in HANSARD and every other assurance, this great airport is being wasted? How long is this going on?