HC Deb 01 February 1967 vol 740 cc116-7W
74. Sir C. Osborne

asked the Minister of Transport if she has considered the representations from the hon. Member for Louth concerning the inadequate facilities for ships to berth at Immingham which has led to the loss of 40,000 tons of business by Immingham docks to Manchester; and, in view of the fact that in the last 10 days 827 hours were lost because of delays in turn-round of six ships, if she will now authorise the necessary improvements.

Mrs. Castle

This is primarily a management matter for the British Transport Docks Board. I understand from the Board there has been some congestion at the Western Jetty berths which handle bulk liquids, due to present traffic being almost double that forecast by the Board's customers.

The Docks Board's improvement of the Western Jetty will be completed this summer. I have authorised the Board's new oil terminal which is planned to start operation mid-1968. It is for the Board to decide whether further facilities are required.

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