HC Deb 18 November 1920 vol 134 cc2136-7W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the shops and plant of the Port of London Authority has become the property of Messrs. Harland and Wolff; and, if so, what are the conditions under which they have been transferred?


asked the Minister of Transport whether it is the intention of the Port of London Authority to lease their engineering shops and plant to a private firm; and, if so, if this has been done with his sanction?


I understand that negotiations are proceeding between the Port of London Authority and Messrs. Harland and Wolff, with a view to the lease to the latter of certain sites and shops in the dock area for the execution of ship repairing and engineering work. The sanction of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport to such a lease is not required, and it has not been sought.