HC Deb 09 June 1969 vol 784 cc181-2W
Mr. Malcolm MacPherson

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will make a statement about the present situation of his plans for a new lock and lock gates at Grangemouth Docks.

Mr. Marsh

The plans are the Forth Ports Authority's and not mine. The Authority has sought my consent under the Harbours Act 1964 to a revised scheme for a new lock estimated to cost £8 million. I understand that it is presently discussing with its customers at Grangemouth the means by which it may be possible to produce the revenue neces- sary to show an acceptable return on the proposed investment. I am awaiting the outcome of these discussions.