HC Deb 26 November 1945 vol 416 cc880-1
22. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the Minister of War Transport the number of vehicles operated by his Department under the Road Haulage Organisation; the number compulsorily acquired with the controlled undertakings; and the number hired to it.

Mr. Barnes

The number of vehicles controlled by the Road Haulage Organisation is 33,816. The number of vehicles operated by controlled undertakings under agreements is 11,891, and the number of vehicles on long term hire is 7.871. The balance is made up mainly of vehicles on charter or regular hire for the carriage of meat, and some 1,500 ex-War Department vehicles. No vehicles have been compulsorily acquired.

Mr. Davies

In view of the large scale operations of the Road Haulage Organisation, will the Minister consider publishing a report on its operations, especially in view of the paucity of statistics in that industry?

Mr. Barnes

I will certainly consider that suggestion.

23. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the Minister of War Transport the number of road haulage vehicles, other than ancillary users possessed of C licences, operating long-distance work outside the Road Haulage Organisation.

Mr. Barnes

On the assumption that the information desired is the numbers of road haulage vehicles operating under permits granted under the Road Transport of Goods Order, 1944, I am asking the Regional Transport Commissioners to furnish me with such information as they have and 1 will communicate with my hon. Friend as soon as possible.

Mr. De la Bère

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the rest of the House would like to have the answer too?