§ 64. Mr. Janner
asked the Minister of Transport whether he will recommend British Railways to devise a carriage door lock that will defy tampering by children in view of the accidents which are resulting to children falling from crowded trains.
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport (Mr. James Callaghan)
No, Sir. Experience shows that locks on railway carriage doors are generally safe against accidental mishandling.
§ Mr. Janner
Has my hon. Friend taken into consideration the recommendation made by the jury in a recent case when an inquest was held on a boy who had fallen out of a train in consequence of the fact that there was not such a lock? Will my hon. Friend reconsider the matter in the light of these circumstances?
§ Mr. Callaghan
The annual report of the Chief Inspector of Accidents for 1948 shows that the matter has been reconsidered, and recommends no change in the existing practice.
§ Mr. Harrison
Has there been any recent increase in accidents of the kind referred to in the Question?
§ Mr. Scollan
Have the transport authorities considered the advisability of abolishing the old type of single-compartment coaches and making one compartment for the whole coach?