HC Deb 03 May 1944 vol 399 c1304
18. Mr. Dobbie

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport in what circumstances, and by whose instructions, trains were run to convey passengers to and from a recent race meeting at Windsor; and how many special trains were used for this purpose on Easter Monday last.

Mr. Noel-Baker

In accordance with my Noble Friend's instructions, no special trains were run for the race meeting at Windsor on Easter Monday last. The train services to Windsor on that day did not exceed the services run on Easter Monday in 1942 and 1943.

Sir H. Williams

So the statement in the Press, that the railway companies, when they found that there were large numbers of people with return tickets who could not be carried on existing trains, would provide additional trains, was not true.

Mr. Noel-Baker

I have seen the statement, but my Noble Friend gave instructions that no extra facilities were to be provided for any race meetings, and I am sure those instructions were carried out.