§ 51. Mr. Hector Hughes
asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement on Government assistance to 123W the hovercraft industry, with a view to increased freight and passenger traffic between Great Britain and Europe; and what discussions he had, before granting this assistance, on the possibility of hovercraft communications between North-East Scotland, Scandinavia, Belgium, Germany and Holland.
§ Mr. Tom Fraser
I would refer my hon. and learned Friend to the reference to support of the hovercraft industry made by my right hon. Friend the Minister of Technology in the debate in Committee of Supply on 14th July. I have not thought it necessary at this stage to embark on discussions about possible hovercraft links between North-East Scotland and European countries.