HC Deb 10 December 1945 vol 417 c34
94. Commander Noble

asked the Minister of War Transport whether, in view of the increasing hardship to the London public caused by the discourteous and unhelpful attitude of many employees, both drivers and others, on the omni buses of the L.P.T.B., he will take up this matter with the Board in the interests of the travelling public.

Mr. Barnes

I cannot accept the implication in the first part of the Question. I am, however, aware that there is some cause for complaint. The Board assured me that it is their constant care to impress on their employees their duty to be courteous and helpful to the public. The staff have borne the burden of difficult conditions during the years of war. Conditions have not yet returned to normal and I would ask the public as well as the staff to be as helpful as they can.

Commander Noble

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the many complaints that are received on the subject by both London Members and the London Press?

Mr. Barnes

If the hon. and gallant Member will read my reply, he will see that it admits that there is some cause for complaint, and I explained the circumstances which I suggest that the public and the staff could remedy.

Viscount Hinchingbrooke

To what extent is the right hon. Gentleman occupying himself with the labour problem? Is he making the life of the Minister of Labour a burden to him, and if not, why not?