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Volume 649: debated on Thursday 16 November 1961

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Railway Equipment


asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what equipment and rolling stock will be provided by the British Transport Commission for the Swaziland railway scheme.

Would it not be fitting to amend the Transport Bill which is to come before the House so that the Transport Commission can supply materials to Swaziland, both for the convenience of Swaziland and this country?

That is not a question for me or my right hon. Friend. It should be addressed to the appropriate Minister.

What equipment is wanted by this railway? When is it envisaged that the equipment required can be delivered, and how much is really necessary?

Permanent way for about 140 miles of track will be required, about 400 general purpose wagons, and a variety of equipment including signalling equipment. Tenders for equipment and rolling stock for the railway will be called for as soon as practicable and I hope that British suppliers will tender.