Mr. Edward M. Taylor
asked the Minister of Transport how many freight trains have been derailed in the latest annual period for which figures are available; and what were the corresponding figures in each of the previous four annual periods.
§ Mr. Carmichael
The provisional total number of freight train derailments in the twelve months ended 30th September, 1968, is 301. The figures for the previous four annual periods, beginning with 1963–64, were 207, 205, 255 and 291.