§ 64. Mr. PYBUS
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that, owing to the post-War railway amalgamations, certain ports and harbours may be considered by the management of such railways to be redundant and that the artificial diversion of traffic from one port to another, however desirable in the interests of economy, is nevertheless threatening the livelihood of local workmen, shopkeepers, and hotel proprietors; and, in view of the danger to the property and occupation of people other than those employed by the railway companies, will he consider legislation to make decisions of this character public, subject to ample notice and the approval of the appropriate Government Department?
§ Mr. HERBERT MORRISON
I am not altogether clear what the hon. Member has in mind when he refers to artificial diversion of traffic from one port to another, or in what respects he considers that the choice of ports for particular traffics should be controlled. If, however, he will give me further details of his proposals I will consider them.
§ Major COLFOX
Does the hon. Member consider it wise thus by legislation to entrench vested interests?