§ 25. Mr. Ellis Smith
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether the North Staffs. Transport Consultative Committee have met since January; and what action has been taken, or is to be taken, in order that adequate transport facilities can be provided for next winter?
Sir A. Salter
The answer to the first part of the Question is in the negative. With the better supply of vehicles, spare parts and labour many improvements have been effected in the omnibus services and others are being planned. I am informed that the special services to the larger factories are satisfactory, and that the town services are generally adequate, though there is some congestion in the evening peak period, which would be eliminated by the staggering of working hours in the pottery industry. The working committee of omnibus operators has submitted a plan for staggered hours to the chamber of commerce for early discussion with the managements and workpeople, after which a meeting of the consultative committee will be convened.
§ 26. Mr. Smith
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he has considered a report on the investigation conducted into the North Staffs, transport by Mr. Arthur Deakin, acting general secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union; and what action it is proposed to take?
Sir A. Salter
Mr. Deakin made a report to the Inland Transport War Council 1216 following a visit which he paid to North Staffordshire. His comments are being kept in mind in connection with the action to which I referred in my Answer to the previous Question.