HC Deb 20 January 1965 vol 705 cc195-6
17. Mr. Dean

asked the Minister of Transport whether he has yet received the report of the National Ports Council relating to the Bristol Channel area.

Mr. Tom Fraser

No, Sir. But I expect it shortly.

Mr. Dean

Can the Minister give an assurance that when he does receive this report it will be published so that all those concerned will have an early opportunity of studying it?

Mr. Fraser

The Council's report is a confidential report to the Government. I do not think anyone has ever suggested that it should be published, but when the Government's decision is made known information will be given about the Council's conclusions.

Mr. Webster

In the event of any jetty being built into the Bristol Channel, will the Minister ensure that adequate hydrographic tests are insisted upon in order to ensure the safety of navigation and also the régime of the south coast of the Bristol Channel?

Mr. Fraser

If any such scheme goes ahead there will be a further opportunity for the hon. Member and others to make their views known.