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Stations (Taxi-cab Ranks)

Oral Answers to Questions — Railways – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st July 1957.

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Photo of Mr Fenner Brockway Mr Fenner Brockway , Eton and Slough 12:00 am, 31st July 1957

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what conclusions he has now reached regarding the maintenance of privileged taxi-cab ranks at railway stations following his discussion with the British Transport Commission.

Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds South East

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will make a further statement about taxi ranks at stations.

Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking

I regret that my consideration of this problem with the British Transport Commission is not yet complete.

Photo of Mr Fenner Brockway Mr Fenner Brockway , Eton and Slough

As we have been communicating with the right hon. Gentleman's Department on this issue for seven years, will he speed up a decision about it? Does he think that when we resume in November after the Recess he will be able to give a reply to these Questions?

Photo of Mr Harold Watkinson Mr Harold Watkinson , Woking

The undertaking was given on 5th June, not seven years ago. I then said that I would look into the matter personally with the Chairman of the Commission. Perhaps during the Recess I shall have an opportunity to do So.

Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds South East

In considering the matter, will the right hon. Gentleman take into account the fact that it is not only the amount paid which is in question, but that only a selected few taximen are able to ply for hire?