HC Deb 27 January 1947 vol 432 c126W
116. Mr. J. Hudson

asked the Minister of Transport how many licensed hotels, licensed restaurants and bars he proposes to transfer to public ownership under the Transport Bill now before the House.

Mr. Barnes

I am unable to furnish the information required but the railway companies own some 70 hotels (of which 19 are not at present in use) and have about 400 stations with refreshment rooms, most of which are licensed. This does not take into account canteens and refreshment rooms for staff.

118. Mr. Touche

asked the Minister of Transport the number and estimated value of the hotels which it is proposed to acquire under the Transport Bill.

Mr. Barnes

According to the main-line railway companies' accounts for the year ended 31st December, 1945, they own 66 hotels, which will be acquired by the Commission under Part II of the Bill. The capital expenditure on these hotels is shown as £9,785,000.

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