HC Deb 06 July 1920 vol 131 c1260W

Lieut.-Commander KENWORTHY asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware of the dissatisfaction felt among traders in fish, fruit, vegetables, and other perishables at the continuance of the War-time Order requiring them to prepay the charges for the conveyance of these goods by passenger train; that the general opinion is that this system leads to carelessness in many cases on the part of the railway companies in handling and delivering these perishable goods; and when he proposes to revert to the pre-War practice in this matter?

Mr. NEAL: Certain complaints have been brought to my notice, and the matter is being fully investigated. The prepayment of charges has, however, been in operation for three years; the practice is a simple and convenient one and secures great economy in clerical labour.