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Cargo Tonnage, London And Glasgow

Volume 437: debated on Monday 12 May 1947

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64.

asked the Minister of Transport the number of cargo-carrying ships entering and leaving the Port of London; and the tonnage weight of cargo carried for each month in 1946–47 to the nearest convenient date.

As the reply includes a large number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the reply:

The following information has been supplied to me by the Port Of London

Authority and shows the tonnage of imports and exports and transhipments for the quarters ending

30th September and 31st December, 1946:

Quarter ended 30th September.Quarter ended 31st DecemberTotal for six months.
tons.tons.tons.
Overseas Imports2,842,0932,360,1715,202,264
Overseas Exports655,873817,2021,473,075
Total, Overseas Trade3,497,9663,177,3736,675,339
Coasting Imports3,453,4863,616,5387,070,024
Coasting Exports294,074352,693646,767
Total, Coasting Trade3,747,5603,969,2317,716,791
Transhipments Inwards202,602265,221467,823
Transhipments Outwards202,602265,221467,823
Total, Transhipments405,204530,442935,646
Grand Total of Imports, Exports and Transhipments7,650,7307,677,04615,327,776

The analysis of imports and exports was discontinued by the Port of London Authority during the war. It was only re-started on the 1st July, 1946, and figures are available for these two quarters only.

66.

asked the Minister of Transport the number of cargo-carrying ships entering and leaving the Port of Glasgow; and the tonnage weight of cargo carried in each month for a year ended at the nearest convenient date.

As the reply includes a large number of figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Would the right hon. Gentleman say if his answer includes the size of the ships involved in each

The following statement based on information supplied by the Board of Trade

shows the number of vessels that arrived and departed with cargo at the port of Glasgow during

each month from April, 1946, to March, 1947, inclusive:

Arrived.Departed.
Foreign trade.Coasting trade.Total.Foreign trade.Coasting trade.Total
1946.
April5224930155220275
May5823929750225275
June4728132848261309
July3731134843268311
August5430736155260315
September7725232964227291
October9523533083244327
November8123431573231304
December6423229676208284
1947.
January7220828053218271
February5616522152195247
March5321927237211248

case—that is not specifically asked, but it is important?

Would it be possible in circulating the reply, for my right hon. Friend also to give the total labour force in the Port of London, and in the Port of Glasgow?

Both those supplementary questions raise points that were not in the Question. I shall be happy to furnish that information in reply to Questions put down to me.

Following is the reply:

The following information has been supplied to me by the Clyde Navigation Trust and shows the tonnage of imports and exports for each month from April, 1946, to March, 1947, inclusive:
Foreign.Coastwise.
Imports.Exports Imports.Exports.
tons.tons.tons.tons.
1946
April236,90161,90971,53682,438
May262,33964,54778,20381,336
June242,91260,55575,13979,302
July223,69147,97964,47973,873
August187,16941,95260,12870,061
September272,35852,24370,53380,698
October241,79753,32074,26087,378
November249,50948,69076,10990,117
December348,19054,29368,70387,025
1947
January223,85359,16757,31773,071
February181,56722,75558,53560,976
March209,22560,03459,54865,678
2,879,511627,444814,490931,953

SUMMARY.
Foreign Imports2,879,511
Foreign Exports627,444
Coastwise Imports814,490
Coastwise Exports931,953
5,253,398