HC Deb 08 July 1920 vol 131 cc1661-2
101. Mr. DOYLE

asked the Minister of Transport what improvement, if any, has been made in turning out railway locomotives and wagons congested at certain local centres; what efforts have been made to overhaul rolling stocks which had been unused during the War; and what steps he is proposing to take to see that overhauling and repairs are put in hand at once?


I have been in constant communication with the railway companies on this matter, and they are expediting the repairs to rolling stock by all available means, including the use of outside contractors. The hon. Member is doubtless aware that the moulders' strike last autumn increased the difficulties due to the accumulations of repairs during the War, but the position should improve during the summer. So far from stock being idle during the War, much was kept in traffic longer than would otherwise have been the case.