Mr. De la Bère
asked the Minister 0f Transport whether, in view of the continuing daily overcrowding of trains by the public who are endeavouring to reach home from the congested areas in London, he will take steps to compel the appropriate transport companies to take some action to redress this state of affairs?
§ Captain Wallace
The railway companies and the London Passenger 1323W Transport Board are fully alive to the problem of the rush hours, to which my hon. Friend refers, and they are already engaged on a very large programme of works with the object of improving the London railway services. The Government are assisting in these developments by a guarantee of the capital to finance the works. My hon. Friend will be aware that I have no power to compel the provision of increased facilities on the railways.