§ Mr. Peter Freeman
asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that 27 horses and their riders were transported from Churston and Paignton to the South Devon Hunt at Haytor by a special train engaged for the purpose in December; how much coal was required for this journey; how many men were employed; and whether he will in future refuse to permit the use of manpower and fuel for such purposes during the present emergency.
§ Mr. Barnes
Yes, Sir. A special train was provided because it was not practicable to convey these horseboxes by the ordinary services. About 30 cwt. of coal was consumed but the engine used was one held ready in steam in case of need. Two sets of enginemen were employed, who would otherwise have been off duty that day, and a porter guard who was taken off platform duty. I have instructed the railway companies that special trains for social and sporting events should not, at present, be run.