§ 2.46 p.m.
§ [The Question was as follows:
§ To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual total money value of the goods (including passengers' luggage) stolen when in charge of or being carried by (a) British Railways; (b) British Road Services; (c) British Overseas Airways and (d) British European Airways, since these organisations were established by Parliament and what percentage of the value carried is lost by theft.]
§ THE EARL OF BIRKENHEAD
My Lords, as the information requested by the noble Lord contains a considerable number of figures, I will, with your Lordships' and the noble Lord's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
My Lords, I beg, to thank the noble Earl for the trouble he has taken. Already having had a conversation with him prior to the meeting of your Lordships' House, I feel sure that that is the best course to pursue. Perhaps when I have studied the figures the noble Earl will allow me to ask for further information, should such be necessary.
§ Following are the figures referred to by Lord Birkenhead:
§ 1. The British Transport Commission and the two Airways Corporations have provided the following information:—
§ (a) British Railways
§ The following claims were paid in respect of traffic (excluding minerals and livestock) which was lost, stolen and pilfered
§ (b) British Road Services
§ 1948, 1949, 1950 (no figures are readily available).
§ 1951: Claims paid and outstanding in respect of goods lost, stolen, pilfered and damaged amount to £653,609, of which about one-third is estimated to represent claims for damage.
§ (c) British Overseas Airways Corporation
§ (d) British European Airways Corporation
§ The Corporations estimate that thefts of goods carried by them or entrusted to them for carriage were as follows:—
|* Excluding British South American Airways Corporation for which figures are not readily available.|
§ 2. The total value of the goods carried by the various undertakings is not known.