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Road Haulage Organisation

Volume 415: debated on Monday 12 November 1945

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asked the Minister of War Transport if he will state the reason for the continuation until August, 1946, of the Road Haulage Organisation, in view of the announcement made by His Majesty's Government at the time of the introduction of the scheme that this was a war-time measure only.

In view of the existing conditions of transport, the Government felt bound to exercise their option to continue the existing agreements for their full period, and I gave notice accordingly.

Does the righthon. Gentleman consider that this was done to maintain or facilitate nationalisation when the Government are ready? Is that true?

:We will have to wait and see if that is intelligent anticipation or not.