HC Deb 24 July 1967 vol 751 c27W
91. Mr. Henig

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what discussions Her Majesty's Government have held with friendly Governments about the possibilities of establishing an overland trade route from Eilat to Ashdod, with a view to diminishing British dependence on the Suez Canal; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. George Brown

Her Majesty's Government's discussions with other Government's are confidential. It would not be appropriate for Her Majesty's Government to take the initiative in such a project.

96. Mr. Marten

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement giving the location of each ship or other obstacle blocking the Suez Canal, the size of such ships or obstacles, and an estimate of the time it will take once work starts to clear the Canal including silting up so as to enable normal shipping to transit the Canal.

Mr. William Rodgers

I have nothing to add to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, Langstone (Mr. Ian Lloyd) on 28th June.—[Vol. 749, c.109.]

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