Ports (Efficiency)

Oral Answers to Questions — Shipping – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th July 1952.

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Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington 12:00 am, 7th July 1952

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that German coastal shipping is avoiding the use of British ports because of heavy charges and of the long time taken in turn round; and if he will take further steps to remove this disability to our trade.

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

I am not aware of any such development. As regards the second part of the question, the Ports Efficiency Committee is charged with the duty of investigating all aspects of port operation in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Sir Waldron Smithers Sir Waldron Smithers , Orpington

Will my right hon. Friend try to make the country realise that unless there is a quicker turn round at the docks, unless dock charges are lowered, unless we all work a bit harder and the vicious spiral caused by the continued demand for increased wages is stopped, we shall be faced with starvation?

Photo of Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd Mr Alan Lennox-Boyd , Mid Bedfordshire

I think that most of those considerations are fully borne in mind. Nearly all of them are now operating, including better weather conditions which also help.