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.
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?