Oral Answers to Questions — Railway Wagons (Overloading)

– in the House of Commons on 25th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Rankin Mr Robert Rankin , Liverpool Kirkdale

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport, whether he is aware that the managers of some railway goods yards and particularly those in the Liver pool district, are habitually overloading railway wagons, thereby causing waste of fuel, damage to rolling stock and locomotives and unnecessary delays; and whether he will cause the railway companies to put a stop to this practice?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

I am not aware that railway wagons are being overloaded as my hon. Friend suggests; but if he will let me know which goods yards he has in mind and will provide me with information which will enable me to identify the wagons, I will make inquiries.