HC Deb 25 January 1956 vol 548 c205
36. Mr. Russell

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation to what extent delays in handling ships in port are due to too many being concentrated on major ports; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Watkinson

If more trade could be persuaded to flow through other ports, the pressure on the major ports would be relieved, but there are practical limitations on the extent to which trade can be switched at will from one port to another.

Mr. Russell

Are the smaller ports being used to anything like their full capacity?

Mr. Watkinson

I will send my hon. Friend some figures which show that the position is not quite as bad as he suggests.

Mr. Callaghan

Can we have figures for the South Wales ports?

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