§ Sir M. Sueter
asked the Minister for the Co-ordination of Defence whether any decision has been reached as to the proposal that oil-tankers should be allowed to proceed up the Thames to Purfleet?
§ Sir T. Inskip
Yes, Sir. His Majesty's Government have decided to approve on grounds of national defence the proposal that ocean spirit tankers should be allowed to proceed up the Thames to Purfleet. This decision has been taken after full consideration of all relevant matters. All practicable precautions against risk will be enforced and, as soon as these have been determined and provided for, my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport will confirm the necessary by-laws.