HC Deb 07 March 1934 vol 286 cc1804-5
21. Captain STRICKLAND

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that under the Hull Dock Act of 50 years ago the Hull dock authorities are preventing road transport vehicles from entering the dock premises for the purpose of loading up; that a similar attempt to restrict road transport from using Lowestoft harbour has been prevented by a unanimous judgment on appeal to the House of Lords; and whether, in the public interest, he will take steps to put a stop to this discrimination against road transport by dock and harbour authorities?


I understand that the High Court decided in 1932, that the action taken by the railway company at Hull docks, to which my hon. Friend refers, did not constitute a breach of the provisions under which traders are entitled to access to the docks. In the circumstances I do not see that I can usefully take any action.


Do we understand that, under a private Bill, road transport will be held up without any attempt on the part of the Government to overcome the difficulty?