Trust Ports

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st November 1994.

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Photo of Mr Steven Norris Mr Steven Norris , Epping Forest 12:00 am, 21st November 1994

I hope that I can remember all that. The first part comprised the hon. Lady's definition of an integrated transport policy—in other words, any policy other than that being pursued by the Government of the day. It is a meaningless phrase that the hon. Lady trots out from time to time without the slightest indication that she has the vaguest idea what it means.

It is absolutely clear that huge advantages have been delivered by the ports that have privatised themselves—and, moreover, have done so voluntarily. They were delighted to do so, and it has been a hugely successful exercise. [Interruption.] I am glad that the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) agrees.

If the hon. Lady wishes to bring the issue of Lerwick to the Department's attention, I am sure that my noble Friend the Minister for Aviation and Shipping will be happy to consider whatever representations she wants to make.