HC Deb 08 May 1968 vol 764 cc85-6W
53 and 54. Dr. Bennett

asked the Minister of Transport (1) on what grounds he refused the representation of the Ship and Boat Builders National Federation on the new interim body to take over the functions of the Southampton Harbour Board.

(2) why he has transferred the powers of the Southampton Harbour Board to a new ad hoc body while legislation is before Parliament for another constitution of such a body; and what the cost of the proceedings in this matter, includ- ing inquiries, has been up to date and will finally total.

Mr. Swingler

The Harbour Board's functions have not been transferred to a newad hoc body. They are to be transferred to the British Transport Docks Board under the Scheme now before Parliament.

The independent inspector recommended against the Ship and Boat Builders Federation's request for rep-presentation on the local advisory board to be constituted under the Scheme and this recommendation was accepted.

The inspector's fees and expenses for the inquiry amounted to £272; advertisement of public notices has cost £338.

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