HC Deb 28 February 1945 vol 408 c1387
75. Mr. Astor

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether his attention has been called to the grave difficulties in the inland water transport system of France due to the shortage of tugs; and whether he is considering helping France in her present difficulties through a loan of tugs for this purpose.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Yes, Sir. I am aware of the grave difficulties caused to the French Government and people by the shortage of tugs on their inland waterways. Some suitable tugs have already been handed over by the Allied authorities, and I hope that more will be made available in the early future. The matter will continue to receive unremitting attention.

Mr. Astor

Is there any hope that they will get some tugs during the present winter?

Mr. Noel-Baker

Yes, they have some already and more will be handed over in a very few days.