HC Deb 15 December 1954 vol 535 cc1762-3
45. Mr. Peyton

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what proposals he is making for the extension of the port at Gibraltar; and how long the work will take to complete.

Mr. Hopkinson

The Honorary Ports Adviser to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation has recently submitted a report to the Gibraltar Government. As a result an engineering survey of the North Mole is now in progress. I cannot at this stage estimate the time required for any works which it may be decided to undertake.

Mr. Peyton

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the degree of interest and satisfaction that has been aroused in Gibraltar by this suggestion? Can he give any estimate of the increased facilities that will be available when work is undertaken?

Mr. Hopkinson

Until the report has been further studied and published, it will be impossible for me to say that. All I would say now is that the work will certainly improve the facilities of Gibraltar as a leading port in the Western Mediterranean. It will also help to build up the economic independence of the Colony.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Can the Minister assure us that these proposals for Gibraltar will not have priority over the proposals for the Forth Bridge?