HC Deb 17 November 1954 vol 533 cc368-9
3. Commander Maitland

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he will give a general direction to the British Transport Commission to expedite the procedure for granting permission for high-tension electric cables to cross railway tracks whenever so requested.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

This is a matter of day-to-day management for the British Transport Commission. I have no reason to believe that there is generally any avoidable delay.

Commander Maitland

Is it not a fact that it takes an average of six weeks to get these arrangements in order, and as these transactions must take place very frequently, could they not be streamlined and these two great nationalised bodies set an example of how things ought to be done?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I do not think that the case to which my hon. and gallant Friend was good enough to draw my attention shows that in this matter they operate any more slowly than would other concerns.

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