57. Mr. MALONE
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether he is aware of the discomfort and difficulty of travelling on omnibus and underground routes at certain hours of the day; whether, before His Majesty's Government sanctioned the guarantee of£5,000,000 to this combine under the Trade Facilities Act, 1921, any stipulations were made to ensure that the public, whose work obliges them to travel at fixed hours in the morning and evening, should be provided with adequate facilities?
The guarantee in question was given by the Treasury on the advice of the Advisory Committee in accordance with the terms of the Trade Facilities Act. All relevant considerations were doubtless taken into account by the Committee. The hon. Member may, however, consider that one of the results of the guarantee to be given under the Trade Facilities Act will, I hope, be to increase very materially the accommodation for travellers on one of the most congested of the routes in London, namely, the City and South London Railway.