Port Development

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Food – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28 July 1954.

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Photo of Sir Fergus Graham Sir Fergus Graham , Darlington 12:00, 28 July 1954

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the policy of Her Majesty's Government about creating a new port in Cyprus; and where this is likely to be situated.

Photo of Mr Henry Hopkinson Mr Henry Hopkinson , Taunton

My right hon. Friend fully appreciates the importance of port development in Cyprus and, at the request of the Government of Cyprus, advisers from the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation are undertaking a survey of the flow of trade through the ports in the island. They will advise the Cyprus Government what developments, if any, are desirable. It is therefore too early to reply to the second part of the Question.

Photo of Mr Tom Driberg Mr Tom Driberg , Maldon

When conducting the survey, will the Government pay special attention to the fact that there are in Cyprus a large number of historic buildings of unexampled beauty and interest, and will they take care to see that so far as possible nothing is done to spoil these ancient buildings?

Photo of Mr Henry Hopkinson Mr Henry Hopkinson , Taunton

Yes, Sir. I can certainly give that assurance.

Photo of Captain Robert Ryder Captain Robert Ryder , Merton and Morden

Will the Minister bear in mind that the decision to proceed with the deep water port at Cyprus will not only bring great benefit to the Colony, but will also be a clear indication to our friends there that our interest in the Colony is an abiding one and not merely a passing one?

Photo of Mr Henry Hopkinson Mr Henry Hopkinson , Taunton

Yes. At the same time I think that we must await the report of the committee of inquiry.