HC Deb 19 July 1944 vol 402 cc179-80
34. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport what steps have been taken, or are to be taken, in order to bring about the complete co-ordination of all transport on a basis of the highest state of efficiency; and the utilisation after the war of the vehicles, ships, landing craft, etc., manufactured for war purposes.

Mr. Noel-Baker

The operation of all the means of transport is at present fully co-ordinated by my Noble Friend. Peacetime conditions differ from those of war, and arrangements which are advantageous during a war may not necessarily be advantageous in time of peace. Nevertheless, the experience acquired since 1939 will be of great value in dealing with peace-time problems, and my hon. Friend may rest assured that it will not be forgotten. It will, of course, remain the Government's aim to secure the highest efficiency in every form of transport and to make such use as may be appropriate of equipment manufactured for the war.

Mr. Smith

In order to maintain this co-ordination and the high state of efficiency, which have been built up as a result of our war needs, will my hon. Friend's Department also bear in mind that this can only be maintained on the basis of social ownership?

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