HC Deb 24 February 1970 vol 796 cc962-3
9. Mr. Milne

asked the Minister of Transport what assistance he is prepared to give, under the Transport Act, 1968, for the running of the ferry service between Blyth and Cambois; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Murray

The local authorities concerned wrote to the Department on 29th January to ask whether they would qualify for Government grant, under Section 34 of the Transport Act, 1968, in respect of any financial support they might themselves give to the ferry. The detailed information they have given is being studied and we hope to reach a decision soon.

Mr. Milne

In thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he will endeavour to speed up the decision on this matter in view of the importance of this ferry service to the two areas concerned and also because of the interpretation of provisions of the Act?

Mr. Murray

We are aware of the desire by local authorities that we should act speedily, but since this is the first application of its kind it needs a great deal of detailed study. We will give an answer as soon as possible.