§ 11. Mr. CHARLES EDWARDS
asked the Minister of Transport which railway companies used oil for running their locomotives during the general strike and the coal dispute of 1926; for how many engines was oil so used; and for how many engines they are continuing to use it at the present time?
§ Colonel ASHLEY
I understand that the number of locomotives which were equipped for oil burning by each of the amalgamated railway companies during the general strike and the coal dispute of 1926 were:
672 All these locomotives have been re-converted to coal burning, with the exception of four which are still in use on the London and North Eastern Railway.
London, Midland and Scottish … 200 London and North Eastern … 50 Great Western … None Southern … 12
§ Mr. HARDIE
Could the Minister of Transport give the difference of cost between using coal at £1 a ten and oil at £2 7s. 6d. a ton, and the extra cost incurred in order to defeat the miners?
§ Sir J. NALL
Is it not a fact that all these locomotives were originally designed for coal fuel, and are not really suited for oil?