HC Deb 11 February 1946 vol 419 c17
33. Mr. Sparks

asked the Minister of War Transport if he will review the non-compulsory safety methods and devices at the disposal of the railway companies, with a view, in suitable cases, to their adoption being made compulsory.

Mr. Barnes

New safety devices and improvements to existing ones are constantly under review and are brought into use, in suitable cases, as opportunity permits.

Mr. Sparks

Is the Minister aware that although the railways are by far our safest means of travel, there is anxiety regarding the number of recent accidents; and that for more than 30 years officials of his Department inspecting railway accidents have repeatedly recommended certain measures that should be adopted? Will he look into these recommendations to see to what extent they can be adopted for the safer working of our railways?

Mr. Barnes

I can certainly give the hon. Member the assurance he requires.