HC Deb 19 May 1931 vol 252 cc1797-8W

asked the Minister of Transport whether any steps have been taken to carry out the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Mineral Transport that, after 1st January, 1932, no privately-owned wagons shall be allowed to run on the public railways unless operated in connection with a recognised pool, and whether any financial assistance has been granted by the Development (Loans, Guarantees, and Grants) Act, 1929, to further the use of 20-ton wagons?


As explained in the answer given to a question by the right hon. Member for Darwen (Sir H. Samuel) on 25th February, the committee have been asked to proceed on the lines suggested in their report with the further consideration of the question of pooling mineral wagons, and I am informed that they are examining the possibility of working out a practical pooling scheme. As regards the latter part of the question, grants have been authorised under the Development Act for works at the docks belonging to the Great Western Railway Company in South Wales and the harbours of Glasgow and Leith, which would provide additional facilities for 20-ton wagons.

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