HC Deb 24 June 1924 vol 175 cc233-4

asked the Minister of Transport if he will make inquiry into the number of passengers carried on the London, Midland and Scottish trains between Glasgow and London and vice versa; whether the number of trains has been reduced; and is he aware that in many trains the third-class passenger accommodation is very inadequate?


I have received no recent complaints of inadequate accommodation in the trains between Glasgow and London, but I am making inquiries into the matter. It would assist me if my hon. Friend could furnish me with any specific information he may have on the point.


Is the Minister of Transport aware that, when the Bill of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Company came before this House, they promised the hon. Member for Batley (Mr. Turner) that they would provide lavatory accommodation on the third-class trains between Liverpool and Bradford, that they have not done so, and that there is an express journey of over two hours without any lavatory accommodation whatever for third-class passengers?


In point of fact, has not every single complaint that has been made to the London, Midland and Scottish Company been immediately attended to?


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, since the opening of the Wembley Exhibition, the company, instead of increasing their train service, have withdrawn the last train from Glasgow to London and vice versa, decreasing their trains from four each evening instead of increasing them, and thereby causing the unemployment about which we hear so much?


I am not aware of that, but if hon. Members will give me specific information I will deal with it.