I have received no proposals of this kind. I understand however, that the British Transport Commission is, in accordance with its modernisation plan, drawing up a programme of new works at packet ports which will include a scheme for Parkeston Quay, the improvement of which it regards as important and necessary.
Will not my right hon. Friend agree that until the facilities at Harwich and Liverpool Street are greatly improved, it is not possible to deal as efficiently as we should like with the tourists who use the port of Harwich? Will he not agree that it is unfair to blame the personnel of the railways for any shortcomings until the equipment has been brought up to date?
I entirely agree with my hon. Friend's last sentence. The staff at the port do a particularly good job under rather difficult conditions. The fact that the modernisation plan provides for the expenditure, in all, of £12 million on packet ports in general indicates that the Commission largely shares my hon. Friend's views.