Docks and Harbours (Dredging)

Oral Answers to Questions — Shipping – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th July 1946.

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Photo of Mr Stanley Awbery Mr Stanley Awbery , Bristol Central 12:00 am, 8th July 1946

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.

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

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.

Photo of Mr Stanley Awbery Mr Stanley Awbery , Bristol Central

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?

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

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.

Photo of Mr Stanley Awbery Mr Stanley Awbery , Bristol Central

I am much obliged to my right hon. Friend, and I will pass the information to him.