HC Deb 17 January 1968 vol 756 cc565-6W
38. Mr. Costain

asked the Minister of Transport why she proposes that the quantity licensing authority, as set out in her White Paper on the Transport of Freight, is to be under statutory obligation to tip the balance towards the railway objector, in view of the inequity which this will involve.

Mr. John Morris:

Quantity licences will only be refused where the railways can offer a service equal or superior to that of road transport, judged on the strict economic criteria of speed, reliability and cost. This means that spare rail capacity can be used to the national advantage and without any loss or inequity to the consignor.