HC Deb 09 March 1960 vol 619 cc415-6
30. Mr. Rees

asked the Minister of Transport what capital expenditure he has authorised for development of docks by the British Transport Commission in Swansea Bay, in view of the industrial expansion in the area.

Mr. Hay

The British Transport Commission has not sought my right hon. Friend's approval for any new major items of capital expenditure for development of its docks in Swansea Bay.

Mr. Rees

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the British Transport Commission is now examining plans for the development of Port Talbot which may have adverse effects on Swansea docks? Will he ask the Commission to prepare a report of an investigation into the future of Swansea and Port Talbot docks to ensure that there is no duplication of facilities and that facilities at Port Talbot are not prepared which will be detrimental to Swansea docks?

Mr. Hay

No, Sir. Any question of a report to the Minister by the British Transport Commission on this matter would be premature. As I think my hon. Friend knows, the British Transport Commission is considering a scheme for the possible development of Port Talbot for the iron ore trade, but this is still in a very early stage. If a scheme were brought forward it would require Parliamentary approval. People in Swansea need have no alarm that action will be taken behind their backs which will affect the future of their port.

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