§ Captain ELLIOT
asked the Minister of Transport how many orders for wagons have been placed by the Great Western Railway Company with private firms this year; what are the prices at which such orders have been placed; and whether such orders were placed with the approval of the Ministry of Transport?
§ Mr. NEAL
Since 1st January orders have been placed by the Great Western Railway Company with the approval of the Ministry of Transport, for the construction of 700 open goods wagons. I think my hon. Friend will realise that there are objections to stating publicly the prices at which commercial contracts are placed.
§ Lieutenant-Colonel JAMES
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions how many railway, wagons have been delivered by Woolwich Arsenal to the North Eastern Railway Company and the Great Western Railway Company, respectively; and what is the cost of such wagons?917W
§ Mr. KELLAWAY
Delivery of 19 wagons has been made to the North Eastern Railway Company, but none of the Great Western Railway type have yet been completed. The wagons for the North Eastern Railway are being manufactured at a price of £170, certain materials and components being supplied by the company. The price agreed upon for the Great Western wagons is £297.