HC Deb 30 June 1937 vol 325 cc1972-3W
Captain Plugge

asked the Minister of Transport whether he can give any estimate of the reduction in the consumption of coal by railway companies in this country as a result of improvements in the design of railway locomotives during recent years?

Mr. Burgin

The consumption of coal per engine mile is given in the Annual Railway Returns issued by my Department and shows some reduction over the last ten years, but I am unable to isolate the effect of improvements in locomotive design from other relevant factors.