HC Deb 01 July 1920 vol 131 c689W

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Shipping Controller if it is proposed to discontinue the existing subsidy to oversea traffic distributed coastwise; and if he is aware that his so doing will result in the withdrawal of coasting services and again bring about congestion in Hull and other ports?


I have been asked to answer this question. As already announced in the Press the subsidy referred to has been withdrawn as from the 30th June. After reviewing all the circumstances it was felt that payment of this subsidy out of State funds could not longer be justified, and it is hoped that its withdrawal will not have the result feared by the hon. and gallant Member.