HC Deb 08 November 1939 vol 353 cc204-5
40. Mr. Ridley

asked the Minister of Transport whether he can now say what financial arrangements have been made between the Government and the undertakings under the control of the Railway Executive?

Captain Wallace

I regret that I am not yet in a position to add to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member on 4th October.

Mr. Ridley

Can the right hon. and gallant Gentleman say what difficulties are standing in the way of a settlement of this case, and how much longer this uncertainty is likely to exist?

Captain Wallace

This question is extremely far-reaching and extraordinarily difficult and complicated. It is under discussion between my Department and the railway representatives, and the hon. Member may rest assured that every effort is being made to reach a satisfactory settlement with the least possible delay. I am as anxious as the hon. Member that this matter should be settled.

Mr. George Griffiths

Shall we get an answer in the spring?