HC Deb 22 December 1983 vol 51 c399W
Mr. Steen

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will seek powers to provide compensation to port authorities in circumstances where their income is unexpectedly reduced by a decision of the Government, for reasons of national security, or otherwise, to prevent vessels of a particular nationality arriving at port.

Mr. David Mitchell

No. It has been the policy of the Government not to compensate for losses incurred as a result of restrictions on trade in the national interest.