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Airports (Expenditure Allocations)

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will now announce the 1988–89 capital expenditure allocations for municipal airports and public airport companies.

We have today approved capital expenditure allocations totalling £22 million. Among the major schemes for which provision has been made are:

Birmingham

Further development of terminal and apron capacity;

Bournemouth

Navigational equipment improvements;

Bristol

Apron and terminal extension and improvements;

East Midlands

Improvements in cargo handling capacity and facilities: further terminal extension;

Humberside

Terminal improvements;

Leeds/Bradford

Terminal completion (1st phase);

Luton

Runway resurfacing and lighting improvements, improvements to present terminal to increase capacity;

Manchester

Further development of existing terminal apron and taxiway capacity; domestic module; land purchase associated with second terminal;

Newcastle

Improved runway lighting; apron extension;

Norwich

New terminal building completion;

Teesside

Improved radar facilities.

Some additional allocations may be made during the course of next year.

In addition to expenditure authorised under our approvals, public airport companies are also free to invest their undistributed internal resources. These are estimated to exceed £40 million.