§ Sir G. Nabarro
asked the Minister of Transport if, in the public interest, he will give a general direction to the Railways Board to hold a full inquiry into railway safety matters, notably fires in heavy and fast diesel passenger locomotives, when drivers are operating solo; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Marples
Railway safety is the responsibility of the British Railways Board. It is also the constant concern of my Chief Inspecting Officer of Railways, who has the particular question of fires in diesel locomotives under discussion with the Board. In these circumstances I do not consider that a general direction on the lines suggested by my hon. Friend is called for.