Motor Lorries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 15th December 1919.

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Photo of Mr Walter Forrest Mr Walter Forrest , Pontefract

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asked the Minister of Transport how, in view of the shortcomings of motor-lorry transport, he proposes to deal with the still-continuing congestion at the docks?

Photo of Mr Arthur Neal Mr Arthur Neal , Sheffield, Hillsborough

I am unable to add to the very full statement which my right hon Friend the Minister of Transport made to Members of this House on Wednesday last regarding the congestion at docks, and the position of railways which reacts on the docks.

Photo of Mr Alfred Yeo Mr Alfred Yeo , Poplar South Poplar

Is the hon. Gentleman not aware that many of the lorries in the docks have never done a day's work since they were put there?

Photo of Mr Noel Billing Mr Noel Billing , Hertford

Does not the mistake lie in the administration of the lorries rather than in the lorries themselves [...] Would the hon. Gentleman consider the advisability of putting the service out to public tender?

Photo of Mr Arthur Neal Mr Arthur Neal , Sheffield, Hillsborough

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport said here on Friday that the lorry question was unsatisfactory, and that the auxiliary lorries were to be withdrawn from all except two ports.