Railway Rates.

Oral Answers to Questions — Coal Industry. – in the House of Commons on 17th July 1922.

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Photo of Major Frederick Kelley Major Frederick Kelley , Rotherham

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asked the Secretary for Mines whether he has made, or proposes to make, any representations to the railway companies concerning the high rates charged for carriage of coal?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

No, Sir. As I informed the House during the Debate on the Report stage of the Vote for the Mines Department, I propose in the first instance to obtain the views of my Advisory Committee on this and certain kindred questions. But there is nothing to prevent an application being made to the Rates Tribunal at once.

Photo of Major Frederick Kelley Major Frederick Kelley , Rotherham

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport what is the charge for the transport of a ton of coal from Rother-ham to London by rail; what was the charge in July, 1914; and what is the percentage of increase?

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

I understand that the railway rate for coal from Rotherham to London in July, 1914, was 6s. 11d, per ton. The present rate is 10s. 5d. per ton, representing an increase of 50.6 per cent.