HC Deb 31 July 1974 vol 878 cc288-9W
Mr. Hall-Davis

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment on what grounds his Department has indicated to the Cumbria County Council that consent will not be given to the promotion by the British Transport Docks Board jointly with the Council for the transfer of Barrow Docks to Vickers Limited; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mulley

No grounds were given to the county council for the decision not to give consent to the promotion of the necessary Private Bill. I considered it would be contrary to the national interest for this publicly owned port to be transferred to the private sector.