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Wagons (Requisitioning)

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 6 June 1945

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport why it was decided to requisition all privately-owned railway wagons, other than special wagons, which have been completed since 13th June, 1944.

On the outbreak of war in 1939 privately-owned wagons, except those of certain specially exempted types, were requisitioned so that they should be operated in a pool with railway-owned wagons. This has enabled substantial operating economies to be effected and has greatly helped the railways in dealing with the increased traffic. New requisitioning Orders have to be made from time to time to cover wagons built since the date of the original Order.