British Road Services (Export Traffic)

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th February 1964.

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Photo of Mr Philip Goodhart Mr Philip Goodhart , Beckenham 12:00 am, 12th February 1964

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will direct the Transport Holding Company that British Road Services should introduce a priority system for export orders.

Photo of Hon. Thomas Galbraith Hon. Thomas Galbraith , Glasgow Hillhead

No, Sir. British Road Services is fully conscious of the importance of export traffic, and it is for it. in its responsibility for management, to decide how it can best handle it.

Photo of Mr Philip Goodhart Mr Philip Goodhart , Beckenham

Does my hon. Friend think it satisfactory regularly to have to move export goods these days from Pembroke to Harwich Dock? The Green Arrow scheme works satisfactorily on the railways. Why should it not work satisfactorily on the roads?

Photo of Hon. Thomas Galbraith Hon. Thomas Galbraith , Glasgow Hillhead

I think that my hon. Friend has had a letter explaining the difficulty in that these loads are small, there is no direct line and when there are trans-shipments it is bound to take a little time.