North Sea Ferry (Aberdeen Terminal)

Oral Answers to Questions — Shipping – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th January 1965.

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Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North 12:00 am, 20th January 1965

asked the Minister of Transport what proposals he has for further financial assistance to Aberdeen Harbour Commissioners for building a ferry terminal for a North Sea ferry between Aberdeen and Scandinavia.

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

I have nothing to add to the Answer given to my hon. and learned Friend on 11th November.

Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North

Does the Minister realise that this is very important to the north of Scotland and that parts of this island have the advantages of communications with the Continent which are denied to Aberdeen? Will he take steps to see—I am not asking for a Channel tunnel from Aberdeen—[HON. MEMBERS: "Why not? "]—that at least there will be a ferry service, which would he good for the trade and commerce and industry of the North?

Photo of Mr Stephen Swingler Mr Stephen Swingler , Newcastle-under-Lyme

My hon. and learned Friend can ask whatever he likes, but I understand that negotiations are going on between the Aberdeen Harbour Board and Scandinavian interests but that no firm plans have yet been made. When these negotiations are completed, it will be open to the Board to apply for a loan under the Harbours Act.