HC Deb 08 February 1939 vol 343 cc945-6
64. Mr. Westwood

asked the Minister of Transport what are the functions of the Railway and Canal Commission, and in particular do they include the maintenance or development of canal traffic, with special reference to the Forth and Clyde Canal?

Captain Hudson

The functions of the Railway and Canal Commission are so numerous and varied that I should hesitate to attempt a detailed description within the limits of an answer to a Parliamentary Question. The hon. Member will, however, find information on the subject in the Civil Judicial Statistics presented annually to Parliament by the Lord Chancellor. If he has in mind any special point relating to the Forth and Clyde Canal and will communicate with my right hon. Friend, he will endeavour to assist him.

Mr. Westwood

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that the Forth and Clyde Canal is owned by the railway company, who are desperately anxious for a square deal for themselves, but who absolutely refuse a square deal for canal traffic and the interests of the general public?