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Airfields

Volume 165: debated on Wednesday 17 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list, by location, the number of joint military/civil airfields there are in the United Kingdom;(2)if he will list, by location, the number of joint military/civil airfields in the United Kingdom that are proposed or under consideration during the next five years;(3)if he will make a statement, in the light of the 1992 European single market, on expanding the use of joint military and civil airfields in the United Kingdom.

The operation of joint military/civil airfields is not possible under United Kingdom aviation regulations. However, some use of civil airfields is made by military aircraft, and civil aircraft can use military airfields, in some cases on a regular basis, subject to such flights being compatible with operational considerations. A number of proposals for additional civil use of military airfields are under consideration at present, but it is unlikely that the single European market will have a significant effect upon this activity.