§ 73. Mr. Beswick
asked the Minister of Civil Aviation if he will now make a statement about the alternative airport for the London area.
§ 75. Sir G. Touche
asked the Minister of Civil Aviation if he is aware of the many local difficulties created by uncertainty as to the future development of Gatwick Airport; and if he will make a statement on the subject.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
It has now been decided to develop Gatwick as the southern alternative to London Airport and as a base for some scheduled services and other air transport activities. The detailed plans for the development of the airport will be discussed with the local authorities in the near future. This should be regarded as part of the development of airport facilities in the London area.
It leaves unaltered Her Majesty's Government's decision to proceed with the development of Prestwick as the second international airport in the United Kingdom.