§ 62. Mr. Callaghan
asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that as a result of the 1962 Transport Act, the railway track and signalling system in Cardiff and other South Wales ports is maintained by the British Transport 227W Docks Board but that operational control and supply of locomotives and wagons rests with the British Railways Board; and if he will seek to amend the 1962 Transport Act to bring this division of responsibility to an end.
§ Mr. Marples
The British Transport Docks Board own the railway assets within its dock areas and the rolling stock used exclusively within the docks. The British Railways Board, by agreement with the Docks Board, provides motive power and rolling stock for use also on the mainline railway system and operates the dock railways. The Transport Act, 1962, divided the assets of the British Transport Commission between the successor Boards, but the responsibility for operation and provision of motive power and rolling stock is a matter of management for, and agreement between, the two boards. I see no reason to promote amending legislation.