96. Mr. Vane
asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster why there have been cuts in the railway passenger services in the British zone of Austria; when he anticipates the recently cancelled services will be restored; and whether similar cancellations have been made in the railway services in all four zones.
§ Mr. J. Hynd
Cuts in railway passenger services were made by the Austrian authorities because of the depletion of stocks of locomotive coal. A number of trains were reinstated on 10th November as a result of the release of emergency coal stocks by the occupying Powers. Similar cancellations were made in all four zones, but these were less extensive in the French and American zones which possess sources of hydro-electric power.