Tramway Traction, Edinburgh.

Oral Answers to Questions — Ex-Service Men. – in the House of Commons on 22nd March 1922.

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Lieut.-Colonel Sir J. HOPE:

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether, in the event of the Edinburgh Town Council deciding to erect span wires for electric tramcars in Princess Street, he would consider the proposed inquiry by his Department unnecessary?

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

As I stated on Monday, in reply to a question by the hon. and gallant Member for the Kincardine and Western Division, the consent and approval of the Minister of Transport to the use of any system of mechanical power on the tramways is a statutory requirement. Having regard to the acute local differences of opinion, I think the inquiry should proceed in any event.

Sir J. HOPE:

Has the Ministry of Transport power to interfere with the erection of centre poles?

Photo of Sir Henry Craik Sir Henry Craik , Combined Scottish Universities

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the objection is considerably greater?

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

The whole matter, I think, should be inquired into.