HC Deb 06 December 1920 vol 135 cc1729-30
88. Mr. SUGDEN

asked the Minister of Transport whether he proposes to group railway companies on lines of economy by natural selection, subject to proper safeguards to traders and the public, or what system he intends to apply for grouping purposes?


The grouping proposed is shown in the White Paper Cmd. 787, and was built up on consideration of operating economic administrative efficiency. I have now received alternative proposals supported by a large majority of the railway companies which I am considering.


Will not grouping by natural selection mean that there will be no interference whatever from headquarters? How can there be natural selection with proper safeguards?