HC Deb 10 October 1945 vol 414 c223
49. Colonel Thornton-Kemsley

asked the Prime Minister whether he will move for the appointment of a Select Committee to consider the advisability of introducing equalised rates of freight charges for rail way transport, as a means of encouraging the economic rehabilitation of the country side and the redistribution of industry.

The Lord President of the Council (Mr. Herbert Morrison)

I have been asked to reply. My right hon. Friend the Minister of War Transport is examining the principles on which transport charges should be based and will bear in mind the views of the hon. and gallant Member. I do not think, however, that the appointment of a Select Committee would be an appropriate method of dealing with the matter.

Colonel Thornton-Kemsley

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman, does he not agree that to equalise freight rates on the lines—

Mr. Speaker

I am afraid that is a hypothetical question.