HC Deb 01 February 1956 vol 548 cc912-3
19. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation how much manpower has been saved by the installation of labour-saving machinery in the docks in recent years; and to what extent time has been saved in loading and unloading.

Mr. Watkinson

Although progress is being made with the installation of labour-saving machinery in the ports, it is not possible to specify exactly the saving in manpower, but some remarkable savings of time in the turn-round of ships have been achieved by the installation of machinery, particularly in handling bulk cargoes.

Mr. Russell

Does my right hon. Friend mean by that that the ships are now being turned round in the ports more quickly or more slowly than before the war?

Mr. Watkinson

It is so difficult to give an exact comparison. In some ports they are certainly being turned round more quickly. If my hon. Friend is interested. I will give him all the information I can.