HC Deb 31 January 1949 vol 460 cc1372-3
66. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Minister of Transport what arrangements have now been made for the transfer to public ownership of bus companies in Scotland.

Mr. Barnes

The British Transport Commission have now acquired the important road passenger undertakings in Scotland of the Scottish Motor Traction group of companies in which they formerly had a part interest as successors to the railway companies.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

What price has been paid? Does the Minister think it is reasonable?

Mr. Barnes

If the hon. Member cares to put a Question down, and it is passed by the Table, I will give it consideration.

Mr. Ernest Davies

In view of the long time that was taken to complete this negotiation and of what appears to be the high price that has been paid for the acquisition of this concern, will the Minister consider ceasing to acquire bus companies by negotiation and proceed by making passenger area schemes, and acquire, where necessary, by compulsion?

Mr. Barnes

No, Sir. This process is a much quicker way of realising the objects of the nationalisation Act than the procedure of area schemes.

Mr. Davies

Is it not more expensive?

Mr. Barnes

No, Sir.