HC Deb 01 May 1956 vol 552 c23W
Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if his attention has been drawn to the plan of the British Transport Commission for the modernisation and re-equipment of British Railways, in particular to the aim to exploit the great advantages of railways as bulk transporters of passengers and goods; and if he will consult the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation and the British Transport Commission with a view to utilising this plan for the more efficient and cheaper bulk transport of fish from the North of Scotland to the large consuming centres of south Britain.

Mr. J. Stuart

The Answer to the first part of the Question is "Yes." As regards the second part, one of the main objects of the modernisation plan is to speed up long-distance transits of all types of freight, including fish, and I am assured that the British Transport Commission will continue to seek any practicable improvement in the service for fish traffic from the North of Scotland.