Oral Answers to Questions — London Passenger Transport (Stoppage)

– in the House of Commons on 21st April 1944.

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Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

(by Private Notice) asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether, in view of the present stoppage of work on London passenger vehicles, he can state what arrangements are being made for transport of essential workers over the week-end, and what statement can be made on the position.

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

As my hon. and gallant Friend has, no doubt, already heard, His Majesty's Government have made military personnel and vehicles available to assist the London Passenger Transport Board in maintaining their essential services.

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Are arrangements made for an increase of the personnel to meet any further stoppage that may occur during the week-end; and, further, to what extent, notwithstanding this utilisation of military personnel, is there dislocation of the general passenger services?

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

The dislocation has been extraordinarily small. I am hoping that the men will go back but, of course, we shall make arrangements to meet the situation.

Photo of Mr William Thorne Mr William Thorne , West Ham Plaistow

My hon. Friend knows, of course, that one of the causes of the strike was the alteration of the schedules, which the men said prevented them having more rest. Was there any negotiation before the schedules were put into operation?

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

Certainly there were negotiations. The union dealt with all that and they are very anxious for the men to go back.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Is there no intention of taking any action against the L.P.T.B. for allowing the organisation to get into such a condition? Surely the men at the top should be held responsible.