§ Major T. Cox
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport when the electrification of the Manchester-Sheffield railway line will be carried out; and how many men will be employed on this work.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
It is not possible, at this stage, to say when the electrification of the Manchester-Sheffield line will be carried out, as recommencement of the work is dependent on availability of labour and materials. The London & North Eastern Railway Company intend to resume work as soon as conditions1902W permit. When construction is at its height, between 1,500 and 2,000 men will be employed on the line, and there will be considerable indirect employment on the manufacture of electrical and other apparatus required and on the building of rolling stock.