asked the Minister of Transport if he is satisfied that the dredging operations carried out in the various ports of the country are sufficient to maintain a clear fairway and to prevent the entrances of our docks and harbours from silting up.
Although it was not possible at some ports to dredge during the war to prewar standards, I am satisfied that the position in this respect is improving, and that in general our ports are now being dredged adequately.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that some of our ports had a continuous service of dredgers some time ago, but that now they pay only occasional visits, with the result that the fairway is silting up?
In view of my reply, I suggest that if my hon. Friend has any definite information, he should submit it to me. His reference to "some of our ports" in general does not enable me to examine any particular difficulties.