Mr Marshall Stevens: I think the Noble Lord was away when the Second Reading of this Bill was under consideration, engaged upon higher duties in Paris, and I think it is due to him to explain that we shall have the undertaking of the Government running side by side with the Select Committee on Transport, and for that reason I think he will see that it is better that we should have the confidential character of...
Mr Marshall Stevens: Here again it will have an opportunity of being considered by the Select Committee which the Government have undertaken to reappoint.
Mr Marshall Stevens: 95. asked the President of the Board of Trade why a, revision of railway rates and charges is not now being proceeded with by the appointment of a Committee identical with the Committee referred to in Clause 3, Sub-section. (3, a), of the Ministry of Ways and Communications Bill?
Mr Marshall Stevens: I referred to an identically similar Committee.
Mr Marshall Stevens: 83. asked what civilian work the transport workers' battalions, recently disbanded, performed under the direction of the Port and Transit Executive Committee; whether they were solely used to supplement proved deficiencies in civilian labour, or whether they were used to compete with civilian labour; what disputes with labour arose through their employment; what number of soldiers formed the...
Mr Marshall Stevens: Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman consider the granting of some honours to this wonderful battalion of workers to-morrow?
Mr Marshall Stevens: No.
Mr Marshall Stevens: No Member of this House can be more anxious than myself upon the question of nationalisation, but surely, if we can accept any statement in this House, we must for the purposes of this Bill—and I say only for the purposes of this Bill—accept the statement of the Leader of the House that neither he nor the Government nor the individual heads of the Government are committed to...
Mr Marshall Stevens: May I ask why the right hon. Gentleman has not obtained a sufficient number of privately-owned wagons to make up the shortage due to the railway companies' wagons having been sent to France?
Mr Marshall Stevens: (by Private. Notice): May I ask the Leader of the House when it is intended that the responsible Minister shall give further information to the House in regard to the White Paper on Railway Accounts.
Mr Marshall Stevens: I beg to second the Amendment. The whole system of this country desires an appeal, and it is not only fair, but necessary, chat such provisions should apply to the Ministry of Ways and Communications as those which apply to any statutory undertaking. All that is asked here is that the Minister, if he provides a service, should provide all such due and reasonable facilities for the receiving...
Mr Marshall Stevens: I desire to move, in Sub-section (1), after the word "purchase" ["Minister to purchase"], to insert the words seventy thousand. This is an entirely separate Section of the Bill, and provides for an expenditure of £70,000,000, or almost that amount. That is notwithstanding the fact that we were promised on Second Reading, and afterwards on the Money Resolution, that Orders in Council should...
Mr Marshall Stevens: I suppose it is the only one I can move. I should prefer to move the deletion of the Clause.
Mr Marshall Stevens: I beg to move, in Subsection (1), to leave out the word "privately-owned." This is the manuscript Amendment.
Mr Marshall Stevens: May I move the deletion of Clause 10?
Mr Marshall Stevens: I beg to move, in Subsection (1), after the word "purchase" ["purchase privately - owned railway wagons required"], to insert the words "seventy thousand."
Mr Marshall Stevens: I am talking of privately-owned wagons, worked by privately-owned locomotives, where the railway companies have no service whatever to perform.
Mr Marshall Stevens: I beg to withdraw the Amendment.
Mr Marshall Stevens: How does that compare with the wagons owned by the British railway companies?
Mr Marshall Stevens: I am referring to the capacity of the railway-owned wagons on the North-Eastern.