Railway Rates (South Wales Fish Trade).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 30th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Charles Stanton Mr Charles Stanton , Merthyr Tydfil Aberdare

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the railway companies are killing the fish trade in South Wales by their charges for

South Yorkshire, towards the cost of which grants have been made from the Road Fund:

Grants Committee, on the basis of a contribution of 65 per cent. of the loan charges for half the period of the loan:

transport; that many miners are unemployed at the present time in South Wales and that they cannot get fish food owing to the cost and scarcity caused by the railway companies; and will he have an inquiry into this matter at once, with a view to providing the poor with cheaper fish and preventing the waste of food which is going on at present by the destruction of many tons of fish caused through high charges of transit?

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

I have been asked to answer this question, and would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I gave him in answer to a similar question on the 10th November last, of which I am sending him a copy.

Photo of Mr Ernest Pretyman Mr Ernest Pretyman , Chelmsford

May I ask if there has been any reduction of the railway rates on this traffic from the highest level which they reached after the War?

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

I am not aware if there has been, but there is ample machinery under the Railways Act for getting the matter adjusted.

Photo of Mr Ernest Pretyman Mr Ernest Pretyman , Chelmsford

Why has not the Act been put in force?

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

Because the traders have not taken the necessary steps.