HC Deb 13 May 1908 vol 188 cc1133-4
MR. SEAVERNS (Lambeth, Brixton)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that in the debate on the Second Reading of the Port of London Bill no expression of views was given by those representing importers, exporters, and manufacturers, upon whom the entire financial burden of improving the port is to fall; whether he will see that these interests are represented upon the Joint Committee appointed to consider the Bill; and whether he will consider the advisability of placing a portion of the burden upon other interests which are equally to profit by the improvement of the port.


I think that some of those who took part in the debate on the Second Reading of the Bill represented directly or indirectly those who will under the Bill contribute to the funds of the port authority. It would not be possible, even were it expedient, to attempt to give representation on the Joint Committee to the different interests likely to be affected by the Bill. The Committee will no doubt give due consideration to any evidence which may be submitted to them on behalf of such interests.