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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th May 1976.

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Photo of Mr Keith Stainton Mr Keith Stainton , Sudbury and Woodbridge 12:00 am, 24th May 1976

I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Ipswich (Mr. Weetch) as I represent the constituency containing Felixstowe, which is adjacent to Ipswich. One of the points raised by the hon. Gentleman was that, despite the fact that Felixstowe had done well, so, too, have the other Haven ports.

He quoted Ipswich as an example. The comparative traffic figures were, for Felixstowe, in 1966, 800 tons; in 1974, 3·7 million tons. That is ignoring fuels entirely. The figures for Ipswich were 1·9 million tons in 1966 and 2·5 million tons in 1974. I would suggest that the hon. Member for Ipswich concerns himself much more with the finances and operations of the ports in his constituency rather than straying elsewhere.

There is, inevitably, an air of deja-vu about this debate. We have been over the ground before: indeed, this was conceded by the hon. Member for Ipswich. He struggled to make what I thought were simply twists on points which had been made very adequately previously.