HC Deb 07 July 1955 vol 543 c1297
50. Mr. Fenner Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider the recommendation of the Working Committee on Hackney Carriages regarding privileged taxi ranks at railway stations separately from, and earlier than, the major recommendations which require longer consideration.

Major Lloyd-George

No, Sir. I have no reason to think that this is a matter of such urgent importance that I should be justified in asking Parliament to deal with it separately.

Mr. Brockway

Is not this recommendation the simple proposal that, where there is a nearby rank, the men, in rotation, should fill the places on the privileged ranks which are now limited to a few? Is it not the case that the Transport and General Workers' Union and the taxicab men's association support this proposal? Why should it be held up for months while major matters are considered?

Major Lloyd-George

I think that the hon. Member will appreciate that when a Report deals with a great many other things—this is by no means the most urgent matter—we must wait until we can look at the Report as a whole.

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