§ Mr. Sparks
asked the Minister of Transport, in views of the delays to, and slow speeds of, freight trains arising from the present system of control of railway operations, if he will restore to signalmen a greater measure of responsibility for determining the priority of passage of trains on running lines.
§ Mr. G. R. Strauss
The normal method of determining the priority is through the signalmen, who are provided, where necessary, with information laying down the margins of time necessary for running slower-moving trains in front of passenger trains. Instructions are given to the signalmen when abnormal conditions necessitate the taking of exceptional measures to determine the priority of trains, in order to make proper allowance for conditions further afield not known to the individual signalman.