HC Deb 18 March 1920 vol 126 cc2426-7W

asked the Minister of Transport whether the Port of London Authority have recently opposed a project to build deep-water wharves and provide facilities for development of the port of London at Canvey Island; whether the absence of such facilities at the mouth of the river aggravates congestion and help increased prices; whether such an undertaking is necessary for an adequate development of the port in order to meet the needs of London and the home market if so, whether this need arises because of the failure of the authority to pursue a policy consistent with public requirements; whether the attitude of the authority has been brought to his notice; and, if so, whether he proposes to take action under Section 4 of the Ministry of Transport Act, 1919?


The Port of London Authority opposed the Thames Ocean Wharf and Railway Bill which was deposited in the Session of 1919, and which contained proposals of the nature indicated. A similar Bill which was deposited in this Session was withdrawn by the promoters before any petitions against it were lodged. As regards the remainder of the question, I am unable to add anything to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member on the subject of facilities in the Port of London on the 11th March.