§ 78. Mr. Peter Freeman
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will publish a list showing the total imports and exports each year to and from Newport since 1932, divided into any convenient classification.
§ The Secretary for Overseas Trade (Mr. Marquand)
Details of trade into and out of Newport for 1932 and 1938 will be found in Volume IV of the Annual Statement of Trade of the United Kingdom for the years 1936 and 1938. Figures for the war years are not available, and those for 1946 have not yet been compiled.
§ Mr. Freeman
Is it not a fact that these figures, when collected, would show a continuous decline over every one of these 15 years, and, in view of the fact that this port has every modern facility, does my hon. Friend not agree that steps should be taken to improve the position?
§ Mr. Marquand
We are continually studying the problem of traffic in South-West ports, and we are doing all we can.