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Volume 894: debated on Friday 4 July 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what proposals he has received with regard to a Maplin seaport; what is the Government's policy on this subject; and if he will make a statement.

The Port of London Authority considers that a seaport at Maplin will be required to meet the longer-term demands for facilities at the port. Authorisation of such a major development under the Harbours Act 1964 would, of course, require clear evidence of commercial viability and customer demand.