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Aerodromes

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 19 March 1952

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asked the Minister of Civil Aviation how many airports or airfields have been purchased under the Civil Aviation Act, 1946; and where they are located.

The purchase of two aerodromes has been completed under the Civil Aviation Act, and a further three aerodromes are in process of legal conveyance to the Ministry. These aerodromes are Islay (Port Ellen), Stansted, Southampton (Eastleigh), Hurn and Lands End (St. Just).

asked the Minister of Civil Aviation how many airfields or airports were requisitioned in 1939; how many are still requisitioned; and when derequisition for those still requisitioned may be expected.

Ninety-one licensed civil aerodromes were requisitioned for flying use in 1939 and the early years of the war. Eighteen of these aerodromes are still held on requisition, 11 for my Department and seven for other Departments. Some of the aerodromes controlled by my Department are being acquired. Those not required by the State will be derequisitioned as soon as possible.

asked the Minister of Civil Aviation what sum is still being paid annually for airfields and airports requisitioned in 1939.

:£65,000 is being paid annually for nine pre-war licensed civil aerodromes still held under requisition and controlled by my Department. In addition, the amount of compensation rent for two such aerodromes is still the subject of negotiations.