HC Deb 24 March 1970 vol 798 cc1198-9
27. Mr. Milne

asked the Minister of Transport if he will give a general direction to the Railways Board to improve facilities for passengers at railway stations.

Mr. Murray

No, Sir. This is essentially a matter of management for the Railways Board.

Mr. Milne

Is my hon. Friend aware that this is a disappointing reply, and that something will have to be done to jog the Railways Board into giving passengers the facilities they require at stations? It is not good enough to pass this off by saying that it is a day-to-day matter; the Ministry must do something about it.

Mr. Murray

My hon. Friend can make representations directly to British Rail or to the appropriate transport users consultative committee.

Mr. Edward M. Taylor

Does the Minister agree that one serious problem which causes hardship to old people in particular is the absence of seats in some of our splendid new stations? Will he at least discuss this matter with British Railways?

Mr. Murray

Again, this is a matter of day-to-day management for British Railways. No doubt the hon. Member has made his representations known elsewhere.

Mr. Michael Heseltine

Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that it is not altogether a matter for British Railways, in that the Government have reduced the capital investment programme of British Railways by nearly one-third and, as a result, curtailed the Railway Board's capacity to provide these and other much-wanted facilities?

Mr. Murray

As usual, that is an entirely different question.