HC Deb 27 January 1937 vol 319 cc933-4
36. Mr. Rhys Davies

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the London Passenger Transport Board is objecting to passengers, to be conveyed by road from Lancashire for the Coronation celebrations, being taken round London in the same vehicles and suggesting that those passengers be compelled to use London-owned vehicles for this latter purpose; and whether, in view of the inconvenience which would be thus caused, he can issue instructions that this objection shall not prevail?

The Minister of Transport (Mr. HoreBelisha)

Such applications under Statute go to the Metropolitan Traffic Commissioner.

Mr. Rhys Davies

Does not the right hon. Gentleman think it ridiculous that omnibuses from another district should not be allowed to be used in London, and will he bear in mind that, if London is able to prevent these buses being used within its boundary, it is possible for Lancashire people to prevent buses from London coming into our county?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

I am not called upon to say what I think is ridiculous. All I can say is that I do not agree with the hon. Gentleman.

Mr. Parkinson

In view of the possibility of the accommodation of London Passenger Transport being taxed to its utmost limits, could not further consideration be given not only to coaches from Lancashire but from all over the country being used by their owners in the area of London?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

Of course, the Traffic Commissioners will take what the hon. Gentleman has said into account before giving their decision. We have also to bear in mind the question of congestion.

Mr. Charles Williams

Will my right hon. Friend see that buses coming from Plymouth or Torquay have at least as good a chance as those of the London Passenger Transport Board? Why should this arbitrary board prohibit people using their cars or buses from other districts on this occasion?

Mr. Hore-Belisha

My hon. Friend and I share the desire that the West Country should have what is due to it.