§ Sir Knox Cunningham
asked the Secretary of State for Air if he will reconsider the question of the Royal Air Force leaving Aldergrove in 1964 and arrange for work to be carried out at that air station so as to avoid redundancy; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. H Fraser
The transfer of the Coastal Command units from Aldergrove to Ballykelly is essential on operational grounds, as well as producing valuable economies.
No. 23 Maintenance Unit, a civilian-manned aircraft depôt, will remain at Aldergrove and has been given additional tasks. These will require the recruitment of a substantial number of civilian tradesmen and should enable us to absorb some, although unfortunately not all, of the civilians who will otherwise become redundant.