HC Deb 08 March 1939 vol 344 c2140
60. Mr. Day

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in view of the many representations which have been forwarded to him by persons using British railways who are assumed to have entered into a contract under which they have no legal right to claim against the railway companies for compensation for loss, damage, injury, or delay, whatever the reasons, he will consider introducing legislation that will prevent the railway companies from contracting out of their liabilities to the general travelling public in this way?

Mr. Burgin

No such representations have reached me recently. I see no need for legislation. I am satisfied with the undertakings given by the main line railway companies which were communicated by me to the House in answer to questions as long ago as 13th April, 1938.

Mr. Day

Will the Minister further communicate with the four main line railway companies in order to have this matter made quite clear?

Mr. Poole

Is it not a fact that the main line railway companies already meet compensation claims for loss, damage, injury and delay?

Mr. Burgin

As I have said I am satisfied with the undertakings, all of which will be found in the Official Report of 13th April, 1938.