HC Deb 24 February 1970 vol 796 c976
28. Mr. Ridsdale

asked the Minister of Transport why port investment in the White Paper on Public Expenditure 1968–69 to 1973–74 shows a decline from £40.3 million in 1970–71 to £40.2 million in 1971–72.

Mr. Mulley

There is no decline in major port investment. The estimate for grant aid on transport piers in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland shows a decline from £0.6 million to £0.5 million for the years in question.

Mr. Ridsdale

But the White Paper shows a decline in the amount to be spent in 1971–72. Could it be that the Government will make so much money out of the scandalous compensation terms which they are offering to Bristol and Manchester that they will not need further money in 1970–71 for investment?

Mr. Mulley

As I explained to the hon. Member, the shortfall of £100,000 is explained by the decline in the amount being spent on transport piers in Scotland and not major port investment. But since the hon. Gentleman mentions investment, I will point out that we are now spending, and will continue to spend, £50 million a year, which compares with an average of £18 million in the years 1952 to 1964.

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