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Airports (Capital Projects)

Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will now announce those capital developments at local authority airports which he proposes to designate as projects of national or regional importance in 1982–83.

The following airport investment schemes submitted by local authorities, some of which are already under construction, have been designated as projects of national or regional importance and will receive an appropriate capital expenditure allocation for 1982–83:

Airport Schemes

  • Birmingham—New terminal complex, taxi-ways and aprons.
  • Bournemouth—Terminal improvements.
  • East Midlands—Terminal improvements, access to developmet areas, and apron extension.
  • Exeter—Terminal improvements and apron extension.
  • Humberside—Runway lighting and navigational aids.
  • Leeds-Bradford—Runway and apron extensions.
  • Liverpool—Control tower and rescue base.
  • Luton—Terminal development.
  • Manchester—Runway extension, aircraft stands, services to development area, terminal improvements.
  • Newcastle—Terminal extension.
  • Shoreham—Construction of all-weather strip.
  • Teeside—Apron and access track.

The total public expenditure provision for 1982–83 for regional airport developments will amount to £41·6 million—compared with £31·4 million in 1981–82. It represents the largest approved capital expenditure programme of its kind since the war and is in line with the Government's continuing commitment to encourage the further development of air transport outside the South-East of England.