HC Deb 05 February 1948 vol 446 cc327-8W
Mr. T. Reid

asked the Minister of Transport how many unserviceable locomotives and wagons there were in Britain at the end of the war; how many there are now; and how many new locomotives and wagons have been made since the end of the war for use in Britain.

Mr. Barnes,

pursuant to his reply [OFFICIAL REPORT, 26th January; Vol. 446, Col. 93], supplied the following statement:

The number of locomotives under or awaiting repair was 3,362 on 1st June, 1945, and 3,273 on 27th December, 1947. The corresponding figures for wagons were 122,745 and 160,666 respectively. Between the two dates, 1,623 locomotives have been built or taken over from the Ministry of Supply, and 70,225 new wagons constructed.

Major Lloyd

asked the Minister of Transport how many of the wagons lying at Garelochhead have been moved since 1st November, 1947; how many of these were repairable; how many beyond repair; and what proportion of those moved were in worse condition owing to delay and exposure than when they were deposited at Garelochhead.

Mr. Barnes

One hundred and four. All have been repaired and put into traffic and no additional work was involved as the result of exposure or delay.