HC Deb 08 November 1939 vol 353 cc203-4
37. Major Carver

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the Derwent Valley light railway is a normal gauge line and forms an integral part of the main line system; and whether he is prepared to take over control of this, as if it were to cease to function it would have a serious effect on the various industries in the East Riding of Yorkshire?

Captain Wallace

The position of this light railway has been repeatedly considered and as at present advised I am not satisfied that it constitutes a sufficiently important part of the railway system of the country to justify my taking control of it under emergency powers. In view, however, of my hon. and gallant Friend's representations I propose to have the question re-examined.

Mr. Herbert Morrison

Having regard to the fact that this attempt at socialisation comes from a Conservative quarter, in order to get the railway out of a tight corner, will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman look on the suggestion with a good deal of suspicion?

Major Carver

Is my right hon. Friend aware that he has taken over light railways in Kent and Shropshire and that this light railway is run by the London and North Eastern railway engines, and will he reconsider the matter?

Captain Wallace

I took over these particular railways because I was satisfied that they were a sufficiently important part of the transport system. I shall treat this on the same lines.