HC Deb 27 May 1946 vol 423 cc833-4
78. Mr. James Callaghan

asked the Minister of Transport what plans are proposed for the development and extension of the Port of London; and when they are expected to start.

The Minister of Transport (Mr. Barnes)

I am informed by the Port of London Authority that they have not yet settled their schemes for future dock development and extension, but that they have the whole matter under consideration. The Authority are at present concentrating upon the repair and reinstatement of the cargo handling facilities of the Port which suffered considerable damage as a result of enemy action. Work is now proceeding on the repair of major damage to 16 transit sheds, and to a number of warehouses and other buildings on the dock estate.

Mr. Callaghan

Can the Minister say whether he will have to give sanction for all the developments and extensions, and, if so, will he keep in mind developments in other ports of the country before giving consent?

Mr. Barnes

Certainly, but I cannot hold up development in one port to the advantage of another. I have to take all into consideration.