§ Mr. Bidwell
asked the Minister of Transport if she will give a general direction, in the public interest, to the Railways Board to ensure that excessive hours are not worked by railway signalmen; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister of Transport whether she is aware that there is a shortage of relief signalmen which is causing a danger to rail-users; and whether she will give a general direction, in the interest of safety, to the Railways Board that all signal boxes should be properly manned to prevent any possibility of rail accidents.
§ Mr. John Morris
The manning of signal boxes is the responsibility of the British Railways Board and I am satisfied that they are alive to this responsibility. A general direction would not be appropriate.