HC Deb 18 June 1941 vol 372 c640
33. Mr. Summers

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether he is satisfied that the pre-war practice of the railway companies in ordering supplies sold at a uniform delivered price, from sources which involve the longest carriage, has been abandoned?

Colonel Llewellin

I am informed that this is not and has never been the practice of the railway companies.

Mr. Summers

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that it is common knowledge in trade circles that this was the case before the war? Can he say that this practice no longer prevails?

Colonel Llewellin

I am told that the practice was to buy goods at the lowest tendered price. Obviously, in peacetime that was the best practice, but I appreciate that the practice to which my hon. Friend refers ought to have been stopped.