50 Years Ago – 27 February 1971

27 February 1971

The British Airports Authority announced that in 1970, for the first time, the total number of passengers going through Heathrow, Gatwick, Prestwick and Stansted had exceeded 20 million people.

The British Railways Board offered £22 million in extra wages in an attempt to settle an ongoing pay demand and although it was rejected it was agreed that talks should continue.

Strike action at the Austin Morris car factory in Longbridge saw 2,500 workers being sent home, causing an output of 2,000 cars to be lost.

Sir Keith Joseph (in main image above), the Secretary of State for Social Services, confirmed that more financial help would be made available by the Government to help overcrowded mental hospitals. He said that he wanted to ensure more money was made available to community services as well as to into mental healthcare provision in hospitals.