§ Sir J. Nall
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport how many public service vehicles are licensed for the conveyance of passengers; what was the corresponding number at 1st September, 1939; and how many of these are owned by the railway companies and by undertakings directly associated with the railway companies.
§ Mr. P. Thorneycroft
Full statistics have not been maintained during the war, but the information available indicates that 30,000 single-decked vehicles and 22,000 double-decked vehicles were in operation at 30th April, 1945, against34,000 and 16,000 respectively in 1938. Apart from some 300 vehicles which are jointly owned and operated by railway companies and certain local authorities, none are owned by the railway companies. I have no information as to the number owned by undertakings with which they are associated.