Oral Answers to Questions — Railways (Post-War Policy).

– in the House of Commons on 15th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr John Dodd Mr John Dodd , Oldham

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport how far plans for the reorganisation of the railways envisaging unification under either public ownership or as a controlled industry have progressed; and whether before any final decision is taken, he will see that representatives of all transport interests and of trade and commerce will have the opportunity of expressing their views?

Sir A. Salter:

Preliminary examination is now proceeding on a wide range of post-war transport problems, including that of the railways. No doubt when the time comes to formulate policy regarding the future of the railways all interests concerned will be given full opportunity of expressing their views.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Did not the previous Minister of Transport draw up and submit a scheme for the nationalisation of the railways which was rejected by the Government?

Sir A. Salter:

As I said yesterday in answer to a similar Question, no decision on Government policy on this matter has yet been taken, and I cannot make any further announcement at this moment.

Photo of Sir James Henderson-Stewart Sir James Henderson-Stewart , Fife Eastern

Would it not be in accordance with the Government's pledge that before any such widespread scheme is contemplated, the proposals should be put before the House?

Sir A. Salter:

As I said yesterday, no policy of the kind to which the hon. Member refers could possibly become operative without legislation and, therefore, without the approval of the House.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Will the same thing apply to handing over to shipowners of ships owned by the Government?

Sir A. Salter:

That is another question.