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Wagons (Manufacture And Repair)

Volume 440: debated on Monday 21 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Transport what steps he is taking to ensure the speed-up of the manufacture and repair of railway goods wagons.

Production and repair of railway wagons are proceeding as rapidly as the available supply of materials allows.

Could my right hon. Friend say whether there is any shortage of skilled staff in this particular work, or is the shortage due mainly to materials?

As the right hon. Gentleman now puts the main problem on the question of supplies, is he satisfied, and can he satisfy the House that, in turn, the Minister of Supply is providing him with all the necessary supplies he needs, for he will recall that one of the main reasons for the fuel crisis was a transport breakdown, and we cannot afford to have such a breakdown again? May I have a reply?

Would my right hon. Friend say to what extent he is utilising the facilities available to him from the First Lord of the Admiralty?

I assume that my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to the naval dockyards?

They are assisting from time to time in this work, but mainly with regard to locomotives.