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London-Belfast Ferry Route

Volume 14: debated on Thursday 3 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on contacts between his Department and potential operators of the Liverpool to Belfast ferry route.

Further to my right hon. Friend's statement on 11 November—[Vol. 12, c. 537–42.]—my Department has remained in close touch with the potential new operators on the basis of strict commercial confidence. I hope that the present industrial dispute between P & O and the unions will not frighten away the potential new operators.