Mr. G. White
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport the amount of the loss sustained by the railways under the control of the Ministry arising from thefts of goods in transit.
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
I regret that I cannot obtain the full information asked for by my hon. Friend. He may like to know, however, that during the period from 1st January, 1939, to 30th September, 1944, two and a half million claims were paid by the Railway Companies in respect of loss and theft of goods in transit. The total sum paid in settlement amounted to a little over £7,000,000.