§ Mr. ATKEY
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the system of allocation of traffic at present in force is causing considerable loss to traders who have railway facilities near their works; whether his attention has been called to the great inconvenience caused to the Raleigh Cycle Company, Limited, of Nottingham, who have two Midland Railway stations close to their works, but whose traffic has been allotted to other 922W railways which have no near station and which involves the carting of their goods. for a distance of over two miles; and is he prepared to direct that traffic shall be handled with some regard to the convenience of traders and especially those who have works adjacent to railway sidings or stations?
§ Sir E. GEDDES
The scheme for allocating traffic to specific routes was introduced as a means of securing the best use of the railway facilities available, and it is in the general interest, though it may in a few instances cause inconvenience to individual traders in the matter of cartage. I can, however, assure the hon. Member that regard is paid to traders' interests as a whole. The case referred to in the-question is being inquired into, and the result will be communicated to the hon. Member.