HC Deb 08 December 1926 vol 200 cc2103-4

asked the Minister of Transport what steps he intends to take to bring about the common management and common fund of the passenger transport undertakings in London mentioned in the Reports of public inquiries with respect to travelling facilities to and from North and North-East London and East. London which have been issued recently by the Ministry of Transport?

Colonel ASHLEY

I have already stated, in answer to a question by my hon. Friend, the Member for North-West Camberwell, on the 30th November, that I have asked the London Traffic Advisory Committee to explore further the possibility of the institution of a common fund, or of working agreements, in connection with the operation of passenger transport undertakings in the London area. I must await their Report before deciding what further steps I should take in the matter.

Captain BENN

Does the Minister contemplate eating up a traffic monopoly in London for private profit and under private control?

Colonel ASHLEY

Had the hon. and gallant Member listened to my answer, he would have learned that I have to await a Report before I take any decision.