§ 23. Sir F. SANDERSON
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the rates tribunal decided last year that a system of composite charging which had been introduced by the railway companies at the instance of traders to meet road-motor competition was illegal; and whether, as this system of charging has helped the trading community generally and also the railway companies in their attempt to meet competition, he will take steps to permit the railway companies to continue this system of charging?
I presume that my hon. Friend refers to the decision given by the Railway Rates Tribunal in connection with oil cake forwarded from Avonmouth Docks. The position created by this decision is under consideration, but I am not yet in a position to make any pronouncement upon it. I understand that the railway company concerned have lodged an appeal against the decision to the Court of Appeal.
Before coming to any decision, will the hon. Gentleman consult all sections of the trades concerned and not one only as there is considerable difference of opinion among the traders concerned.