August Bank Holiday (Services)

Oral Answers to Questions — Railways – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Norman Miscampbell Mr Norman Miscampbell , Blackpool North 12:00 am, 1st July 1964

asked the Minister of Transport, in view of the proposed experiment of moving August Bank Holiday, if he will give a general direction, in the public interest, to the British Railways Board to give consideration to the provision of public transport facilities on the first and last Mondays in August 1965 and 1966.

Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey

No, Sir. I have no doubt that British Railways will do all that is necessary about providing the services for which they are responsible.

Photo of Mr Norman Miscampbell Mr Norman Miscampbell , Blackpool North

I thank my right hon. Friend for that assurance. Will he bear in mind that at a number of resorts, such as Blackpool, holidays generally will have been taken before August, and it seems likely that people will continue to take the traditional holiday which will include the first Monday in August?

Photo of Mr Ernest Marples Mr Ernest Marples , Wallasey

It is not for me to bear that in mind but for the Railways Board. It is a question of management. It will estimate the number of trains required for a particular date and during the revised August Bank Holiday supply the correct number of trains to meet the demand.