§ 68. Mr. W. THORNE
asked the Minister of Transport whether a deputation 1252 was received from the National Cyclists' Union on 23rd March to urge that the doubly increased railway rates on bicycles accompanied by passengers be reduced; whether, in spite of his assurance in Parliament that he would do whatever he could to meet them, the deputation were informed that nothing can be done for the present; and whether, if he has no power over the Rates Advisory Committee, he will use his good offices to expedite the reconsideration of the rates on cycles and thus relieve the thousands of people who use their bicycles for recreation and are anxious to avoid the roads in the congested and thickly populated parts?
§ 70. Mr. CAIRNS
asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that cyclists in the North of England complain at the second increase of 50 per cent. in the carriage of cycles in trains; is he aware of other goods only being increased by 50 per cent.; and, if so, will he take steps to restrict the increase to 50 per cent. in the case of cyclists?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of TRANSPORT (Mr. Neal)
I would refer the hon. Members to the answer given to a similar question put by the hon. Member for Spelthorne on the 25th March.