HC Deb 27 January 1947 vol 432 c131W
147. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Minister of Supply how many locomotives are standing unused at Richborough; and what action he is taking to make these locomotives available to the railway companies.

Mr. Wilmot

There are 196 surplus locomotives standing in sidings, of which 66 are at Richborough. These are the balance of a stock of surplus heavy freight locomotives for which a repair programme is proceeding. They will be made available for service on the railways as soon as they have been repaired.

Sir W. Smithers

asked the Minister of Supply how many railway engines are lying idle in sidings, especially at Rich-borough, in Kent; and why these are not being used.

Mr. Wilmot

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply which I have given today to the hon. Member for Kingston-upon-Thames (Mr. Boyd-Carpenter).