HC Deb 06 December 1920 vol 135 c1729

asked the Minister of Transport whether he can see his way to instruct the several railway companies to prepare the financial statement of accounts and statistical returns in accordance with the Railway Companies (Accounts and Returns) Act, 1911, as far as it is practicable, to enable their proprietors to see for themselves the present cost of working the several departments as shown in Abstracts A, B, C, D, E, and Statistical Returns X., XL?

The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Sir Eric Geddes)

The division of expenditure in detail between railway companies ceased to be necessary when the Government guaranteed to the companies their aggregate net receipts of the year 1913, and it was accordingly suspended to save labour and expense. It is therefore not practicable for individual companies to publish detailed particulars of the present cost of working of their several departments.