§ Mr. R. RICHARDSON
asked the Minister of Transport whether the Government paid for work in connection with munitions carried out by the railway companies for the Government at their various engineering shops; if so, at what rates; and, if not, was the amount so spent charged by the railway companies against the cost of working the railways?
§ Mr. NEAL
I would refer the hon. Member to the memorandum on charges for services rendered by railway companies to the Government, which is printed on page 24 of Command Paper 654. For all work in connection with the manufacture of munitions performed in railway shops, direct cash payments were made by the Department concerned, and the amounts are not included in the compensation paid under the Railway Agreements. The payments were based on the cost of labour and material with necessary additions for workshop expenses and supervision.