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Consignments (Northern Ireland)

Volume 733: debated on Monday 8 August 1966

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asked the Minister of Transport if she is aware that British Railways are not accepting any goods for consignment to Northern Ireland for at least a fortnight owing to goods-yard congestion at the ports and that this embargo is causing acute difficulties for Ulster businesses; and if she will give a general direction, in the public interest, to the Railways Board that it should take emergency steps to clear this congestion.

The Railways Board is doing all it can to deal with an exceptional situation and I understand that within the next few days all remaining restrictions on this traffic will be lifted. A general direction would not be appropriate.