HC Deb 20 December 1961 vol 651 c1359
38. Mr. W. Yates

asked the Minister of Transport if he will seek to hold discussions with the shipping industry and British industrialists concerning the need for, and the estimated cost of, a trans-Britain seaway from the area of The Wash to the Mersey.

Mr. Marples

No, Sir. So far as I am aware, neither the shipping industry nor British industrialists have shown any interest in the construction of such a seaway.

Mr. Yates

Is my right hon. Friend aware that he is one of the more go-ahead Ministers in the Government? Will he consider the fact that industries are concentrated in this area and that great experimentation is going on with hovercraft? Is it not time that he looked at this problem, for this proposal would mean that our industries would be in direct communication with industries in Europe and the United States through a trans-Britain seaway?

Mr. Marples

No interest has been shown in this proposal. I have looked at its merits and I am not satisfied that it should go ahead.

Mr. W. Yates

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I am not satisfied, and I beg to give notice that I shall seek to raise this matter on the adjournment at the earliest opportunity.

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