HC Deb 28 February 1940 vol 357 cc2060-1
43. Mr. McLean Watson

asked the Minister of Transport what representations have been made to his Department concerning the inadequate supply of omnibuses for the conveyance of workers to and from naval establishments in Fife; and, as considerable loss and inconvenience are being caused, will he take the matter up with the appropriate authorities?

Captain Wallace

Consultations between the authorities in question and the operators of public service vehicles have been taking place and are still proceeding, and a good deal has already been done to meet the demand for additional services.

The Regional Transport Commissioner is actively concerning himself in this matter, and I hope that a satisfactory solution of the remaining difficulties may soon be found. If the hon. Member has any particular case in mind, and will send me details, I will see that it is brought to the Regional Transport Commissioner's notice.

Mr. Watson

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman look into this matter, which has been the subject of public comment for months past, and hurry up the negotiations which are going on and so prevent this serious loss of work in Government establishments?

Captain Wallace

There are particular difficulties in the situation. The bus companies are not always told when people are to work overtime, and new men come into the widely scattered villages; while an occasional exodus of workers coincides with men coming on duty. The matter is being handled expeditiously on the spot.