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Container Handling Capacity

Volume 456: debated on Monday 29 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of container handling capacity shortages at United Kingdom ports on economic growth; and if he will make a statement. (111783)

In May 2006, alongside our discussion document ‘Ports Policy—your views invited’, the Department's consultants, MDS Transmodal in association with DTZ Pieda, published a container port transhipment study. This report contains an assessment of the wider economic effects of various capacity scenarios, looking ahead to 2030.

Comments were received on this study in response to the discussion document and the ports policy review, currently in progress, is considering the matter further.