HC Deb 13 October 1943 vol 392 cc910-1W
Sir A. Southby

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether his attention has been called to the uncleansed condition of railway stations, particularly in London, and of the passenger rolling-stock generally; and whether, in view of the fact that dirt spreads disease, steps can be taken to cleanse and disinfect platforms, railway carriages and particularly, train lavatories?

Mr. Noel-Baker

The railways do their best with the limited staff and materials at their disposal to keep their trains and stations clean. Their difficulties are, of course, increased by the very heavy passenger traffic with which they have to deal. If my hon. and gallant Friend has any special case in mind, I shall be glad to make inquiries, but I would ask for his assistance in reminding the travelling public that they can greatly help by using the salvage containers which the railways provide, instead of scattering their litter on station lines and trains.