HC Deb 17 January 1968 vol 756 c567W
63. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Minister of Transport, if she will state her plans for the procedure of and evidence to be adduced before the licensing authorities to be set up by her under the new Transport Acts; and whether they will have power to award compensation to persons and firms for loss of trade, and to workers in those firms for loss of employment and income resulting from the limitation or deprivation of licences to carry their usual foreign cargoes.

Mr. Swingler:

Where not specifically set out in the Bill, details of the conduct of inquiries by licensing authorities will be a matter for later Regulations. In general, we expect the procedures to follow licensing authorities' existing practices.

I cannot agree that the Bill will have results such as to call for compensation in the circumstances envisaged by my hon. and learned Friend.

Mr. Edward M. Taylor

asked the Minister of Transport if, in view of the economic crisis, she will withdraw the Transport Bill.

Mr. Swingler:

Withdrawal of the Bill would have the contrary effect to that implied by the hon. Member, since its effect on the economy will be beneficial.