§ Sir W. Smithers
asked the Minister of Transport how many railway engines were converted from coal to oil; how many have been reconverted; how much is being spent annually on storage depots; and what is the loss to date to the taxpayer.
§ Mr. Barnes
Ninety-three engines were coverted from coal to oil, and all have been, or are in process of being, reconverted. The estimated annual cost of maintaining the storage depôts is £10,000, but disposal of the plant, equipment and structures has commenced. Until the proceeds of disposal are known, it will not be possible to state the amount of loss.