HC Deb 09 December 1946 vol 431 cc740-1
19. Wing - Commander Shackleton

asked the Minister of Transport what steps he has taken to relieve the transport difficulties of workers in Preston and district.

Mr. Barnes

As I have informed my hon; and gallant Friend, a local conference was held to investigate the com plaints and, as a result, the local trans port consultative committee was revived to devise means of relieving the difficulties. The committee has held three meetings so far, and some improvements have already been made in the services.

Wing-Commander Shackleton

Is the Minister aware that according to reports which I have received from the workers' representatives, practically no improvement has taken place; that production is being lost at some of Leyland Motor Works, who are losing keymen because there are not transport facilities; that, quite apart from the hardship that is being suffered by the workers, it is a matter of the greatest urgency; and will he press this on the regional traffic commissioners?

Mr. Barnes

Certainly some of the points made by my hon. and gallant Friend do not accord with my information, and I will look further into the matter.