§ Mrs. Hardie
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that railway shopmen are being dismissed from Cowlairs and St. Rollox works, in spite of the fact that large quantities of railway stock require renewing and reconditioning; and will he consult with the railways concerned to get them to carry out necessary improvements and prevent skilled workers being thrown out of employment?1960W
§ Mr. Burgin
I am informed by the London and North Eastern and the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Companies that, owing to the recent heavy decline in railway traffic and the consequent reduction in the amount of rolling stock required, it has been found necessary to reduce the staff in the companies' workshops at Cowlairs and St. Rollox. The companies assure me that no necessary repair work has been deferred.