Results 81–100 of 475 for speaker:Mr Albert Murray

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Railways (Route Mileage) (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: This Government always tell the whole story—[Interruption.] I suggest that that reaction shows that right hon. and hon. Gentlemen opposite do not like it. This Government have recognised the need to stabilise the situation and have greatly increased the confidence of the staff and the users of our railways.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trains (Derailment) (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: The provisional figure for reportable derailments on all railways in Great Britain during the twelve month period ending 31st January, 1970, is 418. Comparable figures for the 12-month periods ending 31st January, 1965, and 31st January, 1960, are 228 and 230 respectively. The figures for passenger train derailments have remained fairly steady. The overall increase is wholly due to an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trains (Derailment) (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: I cannot give a date when we expect things to improve—[Laughter.] This is not a laughing matter. Derailments are serious. The hon. Gentleman, who is in the habit of speaking with his hand over his mouth, knows that we are tackling this problem. British Rail and the Railway Inspectorate are very concerned and they have introduced a series of measures which should, we hope, reduce the number...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Trains (Derailment) (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: Yes, Sir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Ammunition Trains (Derailment) (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: During 1969 there were six reportable derailments of trains carrying military ammunition or explosives. Reliable figures for such derailments in 1964 and 1959 are not available. The measures being taken to reduce the risk of accidents were described in my right hon. Friend's answer to the hon. Member for Dumfries (Mr. Monro) on 21st October, 1969. One of last year's derailments, at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Ammunition Trains (Derailment) (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: Yes, we are looking at it, and I assume that it will be looked at in the inquiry. We have been very concerned about the carriage of ammunition, and various measures have been introduced to reduce any risk. But I should point out that accidents involving ammunition trains have been very low indeed.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Ammunition Trains (Derailment) (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: I take note of my hon. Friend's point. I should point out that there has been only one explosion on an ammunition train in the past 25 years, which, as my hon. Friend knows, occurred in Carlisle. But I can assure him that British Rail are taking every necessary measure to lower the risk of such accidents.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Traffic Act, 1960 (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: No, Sir. If my hon. Friend has any evidence of difficulties arising from this provision, perhaps he will write to me about it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Road Traffic Act, 1960 (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: No, Sir.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Public Service Vehicles (Central Scotland) (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: Public service vehicles in Central Scotland operate in general under the same statutory conditions as apply elsewhere. Again, if my hon. Friend has some specific point in mind perhaps he will write to me about it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Public Service Vehicles (Central Scotland) (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: I suggest that this is rather a detailed point, but we would certainly be glad to write to my hon. Friend and discuss it with him.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Public Service Vehicles (Central Scotland) (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: The Traffic Commissioners are in touch with the S.T.G. operators over their problems, but they are bound to take the view that any other operators seeking to run services should conform to the road service licensing provisions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Public Service Vehicles (Central Scotland) (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: I should like to check on that, but the general position is that we cannot intervene in day-to-day management.

British Railways (South Leverton Crossing) (24 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: My hon. Friend the Member for Bassetlaw (Mr. Ashton) has put his case very fairly. This is not the first time that he has raised it with me. He has been in constant correspondence with me on behalf of his constituents on the subject of the Leverton, South, level crossing. May I make it quite clear that under the 1962 Transport Act statutory responsibility for the safety of operation of...

PORT OF TYNE BILL (By Order) (23 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: I understand that my right hon. Friend the Minister had discussions with the various people concerned when he visited Tyneside on 8th and 9th January.

PORT OF TYNE BILL (By Order) (23 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: We have almost been able to feel the Tyne breezes this evening, with hon. Members declaring their interests in this subject. The House will have heard with interest the promoters' reasons for presenting the Bill. In brief they amount to this, that the ferry service is really no part of the promoters' port undertaking proper; that it is losing money and likely to continue doing so; that the...

PORT OF TYNE BILL (By Order) (23 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: My hon. Friend has had a great deal of correspondence on this. If he says that this point has been made by my right hon. Friend, I have no doubt that that is so. The councils of both boroughs have petitioned against the Bill, and I am told that up till now neither of them has been prepared to provide money for the ferry. I must say that it seems to me that, where a service which has little...

Orders of the Day — Goods Vehicles (Drivers' Hours) (11 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: I beg to move, That the Drivers' Hours (Goods Vehicles) (Modifications) Order 1970, a draft of which was laid before this House on 22nd January, be approved. This order is made in exercise of my right hon. Friend's powers under Section 96(12) of the Transport Act, 1968, to make certain modifications to the requirements of Section 96 of the Act as they affect drivers of goods vehicles. A...

Orders of the Day — Goods Vehicles (Drivers' Hours) (11 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: When he proposed these, Mr. Speaker, he announced that the general reductions would be made in two stages instead of one. We have had the task of studying all the claims made for exemptions and concessions with a view to allowing only those which are genuinely needed to prevent a serious breakdown in existing transport services. A number of concessions of this kind are being provided....

Orders of the Day — British Transport (Compensation to Employees) (5 Feb 1970)

Mr Albert Murray: I beg to move, That the British Transport (Compensation to Employees) Regulations 1970, a draft of which was laid before this House on 10th December, be approved. I should like briefly to explain the purport of these regulations. The Transport Act, 1968 made provision for structural changes in the organisation of the undertakings of the Railways Board and the Transport Holding Company and for...


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