HC Deb 18 November 1920 vol 134 cc2137-8W

asked the Minister of Transport whether it is the case that the Associated Supply Company is a motor and wagon building company, the beneficial interest wherein is in the same parties as those who hold the control of the London Traffic Combine; that the former supplies the latter with its omnibuses and rolling stock at such prices as may be agreed between the two of them; whether he has any control over these prices; and can he prevent the supply company from charging such prices as are liable to cause the combine to show losses which they can maintain justify his consenting to increases of fares which could not be justified if they made their purchases from concerns other than the one wherein they are beneficially interested and over which he has no control?


I presume the company referred to is the Associated Equipment Company, Limited, the capital of which is, I understand, held by the Underground Electric Railways Company of London, Limited, and the London General Omnibus Company, Limited. My right hon. Friend has no control over the fares charged by the latter company or over the financial arrangements between it and the Equipment Company.