HC Deb 22 February 1965 vol 707 cc31-2W
104. Mr. Dean

asked the Minister of Transport why the report of the National Ports Council relating to the Bristol Channel area is to be confidential.

Mr. Tom Fraser

I assume that the hon. Member is referring to the report on the importation of iron ore into South Wales, which has been submitted to me by the National Ports Council at my request and in accordance with the duties laid on the Council by the Harbours Act, 1964. When the Government have reached a conclusion on this subject, the House will have an opportunity of debating the matter, in accordance with the undertaking which has been given. I propose, however, to treat as confidential reports which the Council may tender to me on this or similar projects based on information given to them in confidence.

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