HC Deb 12 April 1948 vol 449 cc39-40W
39. Squadron-Leader Kinghorn

asked the Minister of Transport the number of railway wagons in use on the British railways in 1939; and the number in current use.

Mr. Barnes

At 31st December, 1939, the total stock of railway-owned and requisitioned privately-owned wagons was 1,247,800. Of this number 18,745 railway-owned wagons were under or awaiting repair. I have no information as to the number of requisitioned privately-owned wagons out of service at that date. At 31st December, 1947, the total operating stock was 1,218,000 of which 160,000 were under or awaiting repair leaving 1,058,000 available for traffic.