HC Deb 01 July 1953 vol 517 cc396-7
51. Sir J. Lucas

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty what facilities were provided by his Department for ships operated by British Railways undertaking a cruise to witness the Naval Review.

Mr. J. P. L. Thomas

Berths in the Review area were allocated to all British Railways' steamers for which applications were received. Steamers were at liberty to cruise through the lines of the Fleet before taking up their berths and again between 6 and 8 p.m. on the evening of the Review Day.

Sir J. Lucas

Is the Minister aware that British Railways charged £2 for a cruise which could not take place, except in words and not in the spirit? Will he not convey to the British Railways authorities that a suitable refund should be made?

Mr. Thomas

It is not a question for the Admiralty or for the Minister of Transport. It is one for British Railways with whom my hon. Friend can take up the question direct.