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Gatwick Airport

Sim.

Aut Gatwick aut nihil.

R.A.B.

Total cash needed – for this & P'wick.

Sim.

J.S. wants somethg. said at same time re P'wick – to allay Sc. F fears.

A.L.B.

Ready to add sentence re-iterating intentn. to proceed with P'wick as our 2nd. internatl. airport. Put it in W. Paper as well as statement. Have reduced estimate by £½M.  Ty. may now allow us to go ahead slowly – satisfy Sc. opinion.

Sim.

P.7. Security experts want this refce. to B'bushe omitted.

AL.B.

A necessary argument : must make it clear tht. development taking place there is not substitute for Gatwick but quite independent. Sim to sort out this wording.

Ch.;

Believe it wd. be cheaper to clear Heathrow of fog.

W.

How urgent is this? Wd. have liked to have this on a reserve of public works against a recession.

A.L.B.

V. low labour force: wd. make v. small contn. to unemplt.
 Must abandon N'holt in 55/56.  Alternative must be ready by 56/7.
  Will take 3½ yrs. to make even diversionary road.
The work will be done in a year or so – not now.

Sim.

In reply to Ch. – it's not only fog, also pressure of traffic.
  Supplementary as well as alternate.

A.L.B.

Discns. re Fido are procdg. Soln. is not in sight.  And much more
  expensive.  Even then 100 items a day.

Ch.

If it is volume, I accept posn.

Sw.

Alternative for Atlantic : supplementary for Continental.

R.A.B. 

Hope M/C.A. will keep w'in ceilings for investment agreed.
  Ordinary Ty. control over exp're. on Gatwick.
Enquiry?

Sim.

P.M. thght. it shd. come before policy announcement.  M/H. M/C.A. both agree tht. opposite order is correct.
National policy shd. be laid down before local adaptations are considered. Doubtful if local details enquiry wd. satisfy local opinion.

M.

Has bn. promised, if there are local objns. – wh. surely there will be.

A.L.B.

x/ Shall have to concede it. But must be limited to local ques. Wd. repeat offer of local enquiry if there is a demand for it. Cd. discuss t. of r. before any debate.

M.

T C.P. Act enquiry: limited to local ques: M/C.A. to be repd. to answer ques of fact on national policy.
There will be a row. Better to say in W. Paper tht. we have given weight to local opinion. Suggd. alternative form of para. 13.

Sw.

That won't do : can't p'pone "final decision".

A.L.B.

Cd. add a sentence to effect of x/.  Remain firm on national policy : consider local objns. on detail of plan.
Agreed :  Sim. to adjust wording, with Ministers concerned.
Announce Wednesday (if ready).

Taken from C.C. 44(53) - Meeting held on 21 July 1953.