§ Mr. Lipson
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport who ordered the special non-stop race train from London to Cheltenham and back on 6th January; what disciplinary action has been taken against him; how many coaches were there on the train and how many passengers; what was the cost involved; will this have to be met by the taxpayer; and what amount of coal was consumed on the two journeys.
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
The responsibility for running this train rests with the Great Western Railway Company. My Noble Friend has seen the Chairman of the Company, who has expressed to him their regret for this breach of his instructions, and has assured him that steps have been taken to prevent any further breach in future. The Board and Management of the Company are dealing with the individual officers concerned. The train consisted of 11 coaches and carried 66 passengers. I can assure the hon. Member that no charge in respect of the train will fall on public funds. The coal consumed was approximately six tons.