It was written in pursuance of the chief executive's own letter of 17 May, in which he pointed out that
The PLA is in financial crisis. The eight week strike by PLA dockers has had a disastrous effect … The PLA can never be the same again.
As the hon. Gentleman now represents Dagenham, he will know that when the chief executive wrote his letter of 20 June, after the dockers went back to work, the tallymen then came out on strike. I am extremely concerned about the situation at the PLA, because no undertaking in the land can survive that sort of industrial action and expect to remain in business.