Proposed Closure, Elgin-Lossiemouth Line

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 Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North 12:00 am, 1st July 1964

asked the Minister of Transport in view of the errors, details of which have been sent to him, made in the figures produced by the British Railways Board with regard to the proposal to close the Elgin-Lossiemouth line, if he will reconsider his agreement to the closure.

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

My right hon. Friend has received no such details and he sees no need to review his decision.

Photo of Mr Hector Hughes Mr Hector Hughes , Aberdeen North

Will the Minister get in touch with the Postmaster-General to find out what is wrong with the postal service? Is he aware that I posted the letter to him and it is very important that he should understand these figures which affect large areas of Aberdeenshire, the City of Aberdeen and trade, industry, commerce and employment in that area? Will he get in touch with his fellow Ministers with a view to rectifying this shocking failure on the part of his Ministry?

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

I object to the hon. and learned Gentleman saying that. There has been no shocking failure on the part of my right hon. Friend or myself. Nor can I see how what happens to the railway between Elgin and Lossiemouth can have any effect at all on the City of Aberdeen.