§ Dr. Whitehead
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what representations he has received on the development of container handling capacity in the UK; 
(2)what appraisal his Department has made of the likely demand in container handling facilities in UK ports over the next 25 years; 
(3)what appraisal his Department has made of the need for hub port development in the UK; 
(4)what recent representations he has received on the development of hub ports in the UK. 662W
§ Mr. Jamieson
A paper, "Recent Developments at UK Container Ports" was published by the Department in July 2001. Copies of this paper were placed in the Library in response to a question from the hon. Member for Reading West on 7 November 2001,Official Report, columns 296–97W. This paper was based on extensive consultation with port and shipping interests. Representations received in relation to the development of hub ports have related predominantly to specific schemes and have been made as part of the formal planning process in which the schemes are at various stages. A few have related to other possible projects on which no formal proposals have been submitted.