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Train Fire, Scotland

Volume 476: debated on Monday 26 June 1950

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asked the Minister of Transport what action was taken as a result of the report, dated 16th January, 1950, on the fire which occurred in an express passenger train on 23rd June, 1949, at Penmanstuch Tunnel in the Scottish Region, British Railways.

The serious issues raised in the Report, of which I sent the hon. and gallant Member a copy on 2nd June, are receiving the close attention of the British Transport Commission. The batch of about 30 coaches which had been sprayed with this particular cellulose lacquer, were withdrawn from service immediately after the accident. Other coaches in which cellulose lacquers of any kind may have been used are being tested for fire risk as they pass through the shops for repair, and preventive precautions are being taken as may be suitable. The attention of the associations concerned with the manufacture and use of passenger road transport vehicles has been specially drawn to the Report.

In case this lacquer might be used on other forms of transport, will the Minister bring it to the notice of all concerned?

I was under the impression that I had done that, but I will again look at the list of associations to make sure that they are all covered.

Would the right hon. Gentleman send a copy of this Report to the associations dealing with this particular industry?