HC Deb 16 June 1921 vol 143 cc633-4W

asked the Prime Minister whether, to avoid any suggestion that either employers or employed receive too short notice, it is thoroughly understood by both that the railways will be decontrolled in August next; and if the State will, under any circumstances, be ready to "pay a subsidy to facilitate the process of readjustment of working relations?


I have been asked to reply to this question. The period of control was definitely fixed by the Ministry of Transport Act, 1919, and the idea of its extension has never been entertained. The reply to the last part of the question is in the negative, and I would refer the hon. Member to Clause 10 of the Railways Bill and to the Debate on the Second Reading.

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