§ Mr. A. SHORT
asked the Minister of Transport whether, in tire course of the recent railway strike, his Department assisted directly or indirectly in the transportation of newspapers?
§ Sir E. GEDDES
No special transport was provided by the Ministry of Transport to newspapers during the strike, but vehicles owned by or contracted for by newspaper proprietors were exempted from the general scheme of requisitioning by the Food Ministry. Any inquiries from newspapers, as from any other section of the public, as to the purchase of petrol, were answered with all the information in the possession of the Ministry as to places where petrol could be obtained from trading companies. No expenditure was incurred by the Government in respect of any such assistance.