HC Deb 12 March 1951 vol 485 c1060
46. Mr. Deedes

asked the Lord President of the Council whether, in view of the shortage of coal and resulting cuts in train services, any fresh arrangements will be made between the Festival of Britain Committee and the Railway Executive regarding extra train services in connection with the Festival.

Mr. H. Morrison

It is not expected that shortage of coal will affect railway services after Easter and I have no doubt that the Railway Executive will be able to make adequate arrangements for dealing with traffic arising out of the Festival.

Mr. Deedes

Arising out of that answer, can the right hon. Gentleman say from what dates it is expected that these extra trains will run, bearing in mind that mid-June is far too late? Can he give an undertaking that the British Transport Commission will not stop road transport or coaches from supplying an alternative service where that appears to be desirable?

Mr. Morrison

It would appear to me that those questions would be more appropriately put down to the Minister of Transport.