HC Deb 23 April 1928 vol 216 cc635-6

asked the Minister of Transport whether he can make any statement as to the progress of the proposals for the co-ordination of London pasenger transport; whether the conditions upon which the main-line railway companies are to enter the scheme have been decided; whether agreement has been reached. with the London County Council and the other parties concerned; and whether there is any immediate likelihood of an agreed scheme?

The MINISTER of TRANSPORT (Colonel Ashley)

Upon receipt of the Report of the London Traffic Advisory Committee containing proposals for the co-ordination of London traffic, I thought it right as a preliminary step to invite the observations of the various transport agencies concerned (including the London County Council and other important local authorities) upon the principle of the proposals. By my direction the replies received were referred to the Committee in order that they might be assisted to ascertain whether it would be possible to work out an agreed scheme and at the same time arrangements were also made for discussion between representatives of the Committee and of the main line railways. Negotiations are, I understand, proceeding, and, meanwhile, I am not in a position to make any further statement.


In view of the very great importance of this matter, and of the opinion which is gaining ground that there has been some unexpected delay in completing the scheme, can the right hon. Gentleman indicate that he will be able to make a fuller statement within a reasonable time?

Colonel ASHLEY

No, because that must depend on the course of the negotiations.


Before the Minister confirms the scheme, will this House have a right to discuss it?

Colonel ASHLEY

I think that must depend on what the scheme is.