§ 80. Mr. Granville
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether transport facilities have 2051 now improved in the town previously notified to him; how many fresh omnibuses have been put on; whether a larger omnibus depôt is to be established there consistent with the industrial needs of the district; and whether the local factory engaged on war production has been asked by the transport company for a lump-sum guarantee in order to extend essential war transport services?
§ The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport (Mr. Noel-Baker)
In accordance with the offer made more than two weeks ago to the management of the factory in question by the Regional Transport Commissioner, the two existing omnibus services have been expanded. The time tables have been revised to cater more effectively for the shift workers, and a small additional mileage is being run. In the same offer, the Regional Transport Commissioner promised to put on additional vehicles for the morning and evening shifts, provided the factory management would guarantee a reasonable payment for the service. We are still awaiting the decision of the management on this proposal.
§ Mr. Granville
Is it necessary for the employers to guarantee a lump sum before these buses will be put on?
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
If the transport authorities are asked to put on a new service, I think it is desirable that there should be a reasonable financial arrangement.