Railway Companies (Amalgamation).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 26th November 1930.

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Photo of Mr George Sawyer Mr George Sawyer , Birmingham Duddeston

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he will introduce legislation to enforce complete amalgamation of the railway companies, with a view to economy of expenditure and the reduction of industrial friction?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I propose to await the issue of the final report of the Royal Commission on Transport before considering the question of legislation on this subject.

Photo of Mr Arthur Shepherd Mr Arthur Shepherd , Darlington

Does not the Minister agree that the only way to secure better service on the railways and better treatment of the lower-paid workers with regard to wages and dismissals is by the State taking over the ownership and control?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I think the question of railway disputes is not for me but for the Minister of Labour. The question of transport policy is for me and I can add nothing to my answer.

Photo of Mr Frederick Macquisten Mr Frederick Macquisten , Argyll

Has not amalgamation meant the doubling of fares?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley Lieut-Colonel Wilfrid Ashley , New Forest and Christchurch

Can the hon. Gentleman say when he expects that the report will he issued?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Hackney South

I hope that the report of the Royal Commission, though I cannot be certain, will be published by the end of the year.