HC Deb 02 August 1978 vol 955 cc740-1
11. Mr. Bulmer

asked the Secretary of State for Transport when he intends next to meet the general secretary of the National Union of Railwaymen.

Mr. William Rodgers


Mr. Bulmer

Will the Secretary of State discuss with the general secretary what further steps might usefully be taken to reduce violence and vandalism on British Rail and on the London Underground? Will he further confirm, despite the impression given by the president of the NUR in some recent remarks, that these problems remain a source of concern to the mass of railwaymen?

Mr. Rodgers

I should certainly be prepared to do that. The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. Railwaymen are deeply concerned about violence and threats of violence, as are the travelling public. It is something that should properly involve this House and those responsible for British Rail.

Mr. Ioan Evans

Will my right hon. Friend, when he meets the NUR, ASLEF and TSSA, congratulate them on the way they have co-operated with the chairman in attracting the new traffic, which has involved them in heavier duties?

Mr. Rodgers

Yes, I shall certainly do that.