§ Mr. Wilmot
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether his attention has been drawn to cases of hardship caused to people of small means by the requirement that road transport should not be used for furniture removals in excess of a distance of 60 miles, when rail transport is readily available; and what steps he is taking to remedy this grievance?
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Yes, Sir. The question of charges for furniture removals is being examined in conjunction with the Central Price Regulation Committee. In the meantime, regional transport commissioners will permit the use of road transport for furniture removals over 60 miles, where they are satisfied that the removal is a necessary one, that the difference between the charges by road and rail respectively is substantial, and that, having regard to the means of the applicant, the extra difference in charge would involve hardship. Arrangements can be made for removal by rail through any removal contractor having the necessary facilities.