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Shipping Services

Volume 478: debated on Wednesday 25 October 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what measures are being taken to improve shipping services in the Caribbean in accordance with the recommendations of several commissions and other responsible organisations.

Shipping services within the Caribbean area are on the whole satisfactory. If the hon. Member is referring to British passenger services between the United Kingdom and the Caribbean, I regret that as yet no practical plan for improving them has been submitted.

Is not the right hon. Gentleman aware that the French are building large and fast steamers to serve French West Indian Colonies, and can he say whether he has consulted with British steamship companies in order to explore the practical possibilities of improving the services in the Caribbean?

Yes, Sir, I have, but, as I have said, no practical plan has been put before me.