§ 4. Mr. Marples
asked the Minister of Transport whether he has now received the interim report from the working party now investigating the causes of congestion at the Liverpool and Birkenhead docks; and whether he proposes to publish the Report.
§ 18. Mr. A. Edward Davies
asked the Minister of Transport if the working party has now completed its inquiries and made its report in respect of congestion and delay at Birkenhead and Liverpool docks; and whether he is now in a position to say what steps are proposed to remove the difficulties.
§ Mr. Barnes
I have received an interim report which I am now examining. The report describes progress already made in dealing with road vehicle congestion in Liverpool and Birkenhead, and also makes recommendations for further action. Copies of the report can be obtained from the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, and I am arranging for a copy to be placed in the Library of the House.
§ 16. Mr. Marples
asked the Minister of Transport if he will give the figures showing losses due to pilfering at the Liverpool and Birkenhead docks for 1938, 1946 and 1947.
§ Mr. Marples
Will the right hon. Gentleman look into this again, because it is a problem which exists throughout the ports?
§ Mr. Barnes
I quite agree; that was the point I was going to make in reply to the hon. Member's supplementary question. The Port of London have their own police authority, but the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board have not.