HC Deb 14 March 1956 vol 550 cc381-2
62. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation to what extent the difficulty of providing physical accommodation at London Airport prevents the provision of an area of free trans-shipment for freight.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (Mr. John Profumo)

The question of providing an area of free trans-shipment at London Airport is not affected by any difficulty in providing physical freight accommodation.

Mr. Beswick

In that case, can we take it that the only obstacle is the obstinacy of the Treasury in regard to Customs, and can the Parliamentary Secretary say what other help he wants before he can change the mind of the Treasury on this matter?

Mr. Profumo

There is no obstinacy on this matter at all. As the hon. Member knows, Treasury officials and officials of my own Department have just returned from making a survey on the Continent.

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