HC Deb 26 January 1948 vol 446 cc93-4W
98. Mr. McAdam

asked the Minister of Transport the total number of wagons o all types that have been repaired [...] Barassie workshops during the October to December period; and the number stored in various sidings in the Kilmarnock and Polmadie Control Areas waiting to undergo repairs in those works at 31st December, 1947.

Mr. Barnes

4,362 and 470 respectively.

99. Mr. McAdam

asked the Minister of Transport what was the number of locomotives at the St. Rollox, Polmadie, and Corkerhill locomotive depots in Scotland, not in traffic, either because of temporary or major repairs being required, at 31st December, 1947.

Mr. Barnes

The numbers at these depots under and awaiting temporary and major repairs at 31st December, 1947, were 10, 52 and 23 respectively.

104. 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

I am making inquiries and will circulate a statement in HANSARD as soon as possible.

108. Mr. Sharp

asked the Minister of Transport whether approximately 5,000 railway wagons have been standing idle on a disused railway in Ayrshire in the Galston—Strathaven area for approximately four years; whether any of these were considered suitable for repair; what payments have been made by his Department for the service of the wagons during this period; and how long the wagons will remain in their present state.

Mr. Barnes

The maximum number of wagons standing in this area at any one time has been 2,600; 1,500 were placed there in August, 1947. There are now 1,962, practically all of which are considered suitable for repair. One thousand eight hundred and seven of these were requisitioned from private owners but information is not readily available of the payments made for their hire whilst they were out of service. The time taken to repair them will depend upon the availability of materials but they are being allocated to depots for repair as rapidly as possible.