Sir John Reith: Statutory regulations require loads on motor vehicles to be properly secured; the enforcement of the regulations is a matter for the police I understand that in this case proceedings were taken against the driver for driving his lorry with an insecure load, but the Court dismissed the charge.
Sir John Reith: Yes, Sir. In the preparation of post-war schemes the Ministry's policy of promoting or encouraging the elimination of level crossings is being continued.
Sir John Reith: The Consultative Committee's function is only to advise on the adjustment of charges to meet variations in working costs outside the companies' control, due to changes in rates of wages and prices of materials and to operation under war conditions, so far as they can be proved. The railway companies already have an incentive to economy since, under the terms of Government control, they retain...
Sir John Reith: Yes, Sir.
Sir John Reith: There was no leakage from the Ministry, and, of course, no increase has yet been granted. The Railway Executive Committee supply periodically statements of variations in working costs and proposals for a corresponding adjustment of rates in accordance with the agreement between Government and railways. On 9th August the proposals were referred by the Ministry to the Charges Consultative...
Sir John Reith: I inquired into the share rise, and I am informed that in fact no increase of any significance took place. The movements in the prices of junior stocks that day were considered minute and might have been brought about by very small-scale buying.
Sir John Reith: In view of the feeling of the House last Wednesday, I wrote next day to all owners of private tolls asking whether for the duration of the war they would be willing to grant exemption for members of the Armed Forces when on duty. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy of the letter, and will inform him of the result as soon as possible.
Sir John Reith: I should prefer to inform the House first. With regard to the other matter, I feel very gratified at receiving such commendation from my hon. Friend.
Sir John Reith: My inquiries are not yet complete. I will communicate as soon as possible with my hon. and learned Friend.
Sir John Reith: I will communicate with both hon. Members as soon as possible.
Sir John Reith: I am told that the railways still issue return tickets to places in prohibited areas, but purchasers are warned that they will have to prove their 1.ght to enter the areas.
Sir John Reith: Yes, Sir, I will.
Sir John Reith: The figures are deplorable. I informed the House recently that a road safety publicity campaign was being arranged for the autumn. I am also proposing a grant to the National "Safety First" Association, who are to deal particularly with young people.
Sir John Reith: Yes, Sir.
Sir John Reith: I entirely sympathise with the suggestion, but I hardly think an inquiry is necessary. The rationing of liquid fuel is in itself an incentive to the maximum use of horse transport. It should be remembered that any substantial increase would involve importation of horses and increased demand for feeding-stuffs, which are already in short supply.
Sir John Reith: I am sorry I do not quite understand how that arises out of this particular Question, but if the hon. Member will explain to me further afterwards, I will deal with the matter.
Sir John Reith: The company inform me that there is a general and serious shortage of towels, and that stocks available do not allow of supply in third-class lavatories on troop trains, and only in limited numbers when available in first-class.
Sir John Reith: No, Sir; I am sorry I cannot. I have no idea.
Sir John Reith: An Order was made that from 26th August no vehicle should be camouflaged to resemble a camouflaged Service vehicle. Where this has been done it should be undone. If owners wish to make their cars less conspicuous, glossy surfaces and light colours should be avoided, also Service grey or khaki.
Sir John Reith: Yes, Sir. I should like to make it clear that I do think such lorries might well be camouflaged. The Order referred to puts a veto only on the camouflage of cars to resemble camouflaged Service cars.