§ 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.