HC Deb 04 December 1922 vol 159 c1185

asked the Prime Minister whether the Cabinet Committee on Unemployment has considered the suggested extension northwards of the Tube from Finsbury Park as a means of finding useful employment for a very large number of the unemployed in the northern metropolitan area, besides relieving the serious traffic congestion at Finsbury Park; and, if not, will the Committee do so?

Lieut.-Colonel W. ASHLEY

I have been asked to answer this question. So far as I am aware, no detailed scheme for such an extension has been prepared, and the matter has not been before the Committee on Unemployment. As the hon. Member is aware, considerable extensions and reconstructions are in progress on the London electric railways, and notice has been given of Bills to authorise further extensions. The companies concerned, however, have not included this scheme, and I am not prepared to press them to do so.

Captain Viscount EDNAM

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware of the discomfort and inconvenience which is caused to a large number of residents in suburban North London who travel to and from the City from day to day, and is he aware that from recent statements in the Press—


The Noble Lord is giving information.