HC Deb 01 June 1921 vol 142 cc1078-9W

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been called to the growing use of oil-fuel installations on locomotives on railways in different parts of the country; and whether he will consider the setting up of an advisory committee to inquire into the possibilities of such form of motor power on the British railways?


With regard to the first part of the question, I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given on the 9th May to the hon. Members for Water- ford (Captain Redmond), Devonport (Sir C. Kinloch-Cooke), and Southwark Central (Mr. Gilbert). With regard to the second part, I do not consider that any useful purpose would be served by setting up an advisory committee as suggested. Railway companies are fully aware of the possibilities of oil fuel, and some railways have locomotives fitted for it.