HC Deb 17 July 1940 vol 363 c200
26. Mr. Butcher

asked the Minister of Transport the composition and duties of the Railway Executive Committee?

Sir J. Reith

The Railway Executive Committee consists of Sir Ralph Wedgwood (Chairman), the general managers of the London and North Eastern, Great Western and Southern Railway Companies, the Vice-President of the Executive, London Midland and Scottish Railway, and the Chairman of the London Passenger Transport Board, with Mr. G. Cole Deacon as Secretary. The Minister of Transport appointed the Committee to be his agents for the purpose of giving directions under the Railway Control Order for the carrying on of the controlled undertakings and the disposition of their property, as provided in Regulation 69 of the Defence Regulations.

Mr. Butcher

Have the boards of directors of the railway companies any functions to perform at the present time, and do they draw any fees?

Mr. Shinwell

Why does not the Minister consider putting a responsible official connected with the railway services on this Executive? Why should not the right hon. Gentleman infuse a little fresh blood into it?

Sir J. Reith

I will consider infusing new blood if it is required, but with regard to the Railway Executive, I do not think it is.

Mr. De la Bère

Do the Railway Boards really function at all to-day?