HC Deb 22 June 1953 vol 516 cc1467-8
12. Mr. R. Harris

asked the Minister of Transport to what extent the London travelling public will be represented on the Board of Inquiry into London Transport.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I would ask my hon. Friend to await the announcement which I hope to make very shortly as to the composition of this body.

42. Captain Ryder

asked the Minister of Transport if he will now give the names of those who will serve on the Committee investigating London Transport problems; and when it is anticipated they will commence their inquiries.

62. Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

asked the Minister of Transport who will serve on the Committee of Inquiry into London Transport; why it has taken so long to set up this committee; and whether it has been asked to report by a certain date.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am not yet in a position to announce the membership of the Committee, but I hope to make an announcement shortly. No date has yet been suggested for the Committee to report.

Captain Ryder

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that this is a matter of some urgency and we should like to see this Committee starting work as soon as possible?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Yes, Sir.

Lieut.-Colonel Lipton

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he has been saying "very shortly" for a very long time and that "shortly" has long since expired? Will he see whether the long delay lies in the fact that he has had a lot of refusals from people he has approached to serve on the Committee?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

No, Sir, it is untrue. The hon. and gallant Member must not assume that every unworthy suspicion that enters his mind is true.