Orders of the Day — Steel Industry and Road Haulage

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 1951.

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Photo of Mr James Callaghan Mr James Callaghan , Cardiff South East 12:00 am, 12th November 1951

Only 40,000 out of 800,000. That is the element of monopoly. Apart from that, what is the answer to this? If we have 40,000 vehicles separated over 1,000 local depots, which means 40 vehicles a depot, does that sound as if there is local control over the vehicles in dealing with customers day by day? Of course it does, and I advise the Home Secretary to give up talking about this and hand the matter over to the Minister of Transport.

The Minister of Transport will have to look at some of the local depots, and he will see for himself, as many of us have done, the degree of local control that exists and the complete local relationship between the thousand local units and the customers in their areas. When we remember that last year British Road Services handled 100 million consignments weighing 50 million tons, the volume of complaint is singularly small.