HC Deb 12 April 1948 vol 449 cc609-10
35. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will exercise his powers under Section 4 (6) of the Transport Act, 1947, in order to ascertain what is the practice of the British Transport Commission as to the display of party political posters on premises occupied by the Commission or by its subordinate executives.

Mr. Barnes

It was not the practice of the railway companies or of the London Passenger Transport Board to accept posters of a political and controversial nature, apart from those confined to the announcement of meetings, and I have no reason to suppose that the British Transport Commission will not exercise a proper discretion in this matter.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

When the right hon. Gentleman says he has no reason to suppose that the directions will be altered, does that mean that he has relied purely on speculation in answering a Parliamentary Question?

Mr. Barnes

This procedure is very well defined in railway administration, and, therefore, as I say, I have no reason to suppose that there will be any change.

Mr. Edward Evans

Is my right hon. Friend aware that on several occasions the Metropolitan line advertised a very warm invitation to join the Tory Party?