HC Deb 08 July 1946 vol 425 c15
29. Colonel Gomme-Duncan

asked the Minister of Transport what steps he has in mind for the electrification of railways in Scotland.

Mr. Barnes

No schemes for the electrification of railways in Scotland are before me at present.

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

While I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his reply, may I say that this answer will be received in Scotland with the customary cheer which we always give to answers of this type?

Mr. Barnes

That would suggest that we should have considered nationalisation many years ago.

Sir William Darling

As the foremost producer of hydro-electricity in these islands is in Scotland, does the right hon. Gentleman not think it extremely unfair not to allow the electrification of any part of our railways in Scotland?