Railway Electrification.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons at on 19 June 1935.

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Photo of Sir Arthur Benn Sir Arthur Benn , Sheffield Park


asked the Minister of Transport whether he will invite the London Midland and Scottish and the London and North Eastern Railway Companies to initiate a joint investigation of their lines in the West Riding, North Derbyshire, and North Nottinghamshire, with a view to early conversion under a similar guarantee to that just promised by the Government in the London transport area?

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

I have been in communication with the two railway companies mentioned, and am informed that as regards the West Riding of Yorkshire a joint examination is being made by them of the possibilities of railway electrification, but as regards Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, it is considered that these areas do not afford scope for any remunerative scheme of this nature. The initiative for submitting schemes for the consideration of His Majesty's Government naturally rests with the undertakings concerned.

Photo of Mr Alan Chorlton Mr Alan Chorlton , Manchester Platting

Does the Minister's reply refer also to the South Lancashire area? A fortnight or three weeks ago the Minister answered that question by saying that there was no such scheme going on.

Photo of Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha Mr Leslie Hore-Belisha , Plymouth, Devonport

The question on the Paper refers to the West Riding of Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, and North Nottinghamshire.