HC Deb 12 July 1944 vol 401 c1745W
Sir J. Mellor

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he will publish the correspondence between the Minister of War Transport and Sir Ronald Matthews, referred to in the published letter, dated 16th June, 1944, from the Minister to the chairman of the Railway Companies Association or such portion of the correspondence as deals exclusively with finance.

Mr. Noel-Baker

For the reason which I gave to my hon. Friend last December, and again in March, my Noble Friend is not prepared to publish the correspondence in question. To issue part of it might be unfair to the parties and I do not think that it would be a practical course to make a limited selection of extracts from the correspondence and records of the discussions which constituted the negotiations leading up to the Agreement.

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