HC Deb 16 November 1926 vol 199 cc1670-1
34. Captain A. EVANS

asked the Minister of Transport if the personnel of the Standing Committee on Mineral Transport has yet been settled, and if private owners of railway wagons are represented?

Colonel ASHLEY

The personnel of this Committee is not yet finally settled. The private wagon-owners concerned are principally colliery owners, coal factors and coal merchants, and these interests have been invited to make suggestions for membership.


Does the right hon. Gentleman not think that it would be to the advantage of the railways and of the public if private ownership of railway wagons were abolished entirely?

Colonel ASHLEY

That may be so, but the hon. Member knows, as well as I do, the great difficulties which surround this question and the very considerable expense which would be entailed.