HC Deb 06 November 1968 vol 772 c889
26. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the President of the Board of Trade what tonnage of British merchant shipping is now using the Cape route; and what was the figure in 1965.

Mr. William Rodgers

I regret that this information is not readily available.

Mr. Digby

But this is the kind of information which the Department should be able to provide. Is it not clear already that the Suez Canal is not likely to be as important again? Will the hon. Gentleman consult the Government with regard to safeguarding the Cape route?

Mr. Rodgers

It is necessary to have a sense of proportion about the collection of information. I agree that the Cape route is important and it is likely to remain particularly so as long as the Suez Canal is closed.