Sir John Reith: I referred to certain aspects of this question in replies to Questions by my hon. Friend the Member for East Wolverhampon (Mr. Mander) on 11th July and by my hon. Friend the Member for Holland with Boston (Mr. Butcher) on 12th June. This is a matter which the Railway Executive Committee assure me is subject to periodic consideration.
Sir John Reith: I should like to refer my hon. Friend to the Questions which I have already answered, one of which dealt with that particular point.
Sir John Reith: For 137 sites and premises, the total rent per annum to all railway companies is £594.
Sir John Reith: As the answer includes many figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. Following is the answer: I am informed by the London Passenger Transport Board that the numbers of fatal accidents and of non-fatal accidents involving personal injury in which their road vehicles were concerned during the periods from 29th January to 1st July, 1939, and from 28th January to...
Sir John Reith: A number of concerns offer the facilities referred to, which consist, in effect, in advancing money to clients for the purchase of quarterly seasons instead of shorter term ones. I do not think there is a case for asking the railway companies to enter this field.
Sir John Reith: I understand the purport of the Question, but I would remind my hon. Friend that the railway companies normally issue weekly season tickets.
Sir John Reith: The Railway Executive Committee is a body expert in all phases of railway management, and a high officer of the Ministry, the railway control officer, is in constant touch with them. I think the national interest is served by the present arrangement.
Sir John Reith: There has certainly been no such request to my knowledge.
Sir John Reith: A total of 605 goods and public service vehicles were converted from petrol to gas operation between 30th September, 1939, and 30th June, 1940. The increase in licensed electric battery goods vehicles between 31st August, 1939, and 31st May, 1940, is 578.
Sir John Reith: I do not know of special difficulties. Arrangements were completed on 1st July between the L.M.S. and the Y.M.C.A. for the erection of a substantial building, including a dormitory and canteen, on the station platform. At the L.N.E.R. station the Y.M.C.A. have been offered immediate possession of premises but have not yet taken them over. The manning of the canteens is a matter for the...
Sir John Reith: I am sorry for any delay which there has been. It does not look as if there is going to be any more.
Sir John Reith: I am quite prepared to consider or arrange for collective representations if it be necessary. With regard to the other question, my information—and in this I think my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War will confirm me—is that whatever delay there may have been, the arrangements now are satisfactory, and there is not likely to be more delay.
Sir John Reith: While appreciating the motive of my hon. Friend's suggestion, I am sorry it is not one which I feel I could require the London Passenger Transport Board to adopt.
Sir John Reith: No, Sir. I am informed that in the last war no free travel was given.
Sir John Reith: I think the Supplementary Question of the hon. Member for Gorbals (Mr. Buchanan) raises another point, as the Question relates to free facilities. With regard to my right hon. Friend's Question, I am prepared to ask the appropriate authority to consider that, but I do not think it is a matter for the Ministry of Transport.
Sir John Reith: The Railway Executive Committee consists of Sir Ralph Wedgwood (Chairman), the general managers of the London and North Eastern, Great Western and Southern Railway Companies, the Vice-President of the Executive, London Midland and Scottish Railway, and the Chairman of the London Passenger Transport Board, with Mr. G. Cole Deacon as Secretary. The Minister of Transport appointed the Committee...
Sir John Reith: I will consider infusing new blood if it is required, but with regard to the Railway Executive, I do not think it is.
Sir John Reith: The posters now displayed were all printed before the Control of Paper Order of 25th May. The alternatives were to display them or to pulp them. They are now being displayed, but there will be no waste, as all railway posters are eventually scraped off, pulped and re-used for paper making.
Sir John Reith: I agree with my hon. Friend's proposal. There are already warning signs in some places, and steps are being taken to provide them as quickly as possible wherever required.
Sir John Reith: I am sorry that I cannot answer that point, but I quite realise the relevance of the suggestion, and I will have it considered.