HC Deb 29 April 1952 vol 499 c67W
74. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he is aware that the large annual sum which by way of compensation is paid to the former railway stockholders should be a national charge; and if he will consult the Minister of Transport to devise means whereby this annual sum should, in future, be paid by the Treasury instead of by British Railways.

Mr. R. A. Butler

The answer to the first part of the Question is in the negative. I am not willing to conduct the consultations described in the second part.