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Railway Carriages (Door Locks)

Volume 467: debated on Wednesday 13 July 1949

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he will recommend British Railways to devise a carriage door lock that will defy tampering by children in view of the accidents which are resulting to children falling from crowded trains.

No, Sir. Experience shows that locks on railway carriage doors are generally safe against accidental mishandling.

Has my hon. Friend taken into consideration the recommendation made by the jury in a recent case when an inquest was held on a boy who had fallen out of a train in consequence of the fact that there was not such a lock? Will my hon. Friend reconsider the matter in the light of these circumstances?

The annual report of the Chief Inspector of Accidents for 1948 shows that the matter has been reconsidered, and recommends no change in the existing practice.

Has there been any recent increase in accidents of the kind referred to in the Question?

No, Sir. The number of accidents is one per 35 million passenger journeys.

Have the transport authorities considered the advisability of abolishing the old type of single-compartment coaches and making one compartment for the whole coach?