Hull to Hire Only from -R.H.E.
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A MOVE to amend Hull Works CornrAmittee's Socialist-inspired resolution to hire lorries from the Road Haulage Executive, instead of private hauliers. was defeated at a recent meeting of Hull City Council.
Coun. K. Turner said that the arrangement whereby the committee hired extra vehicles from private hauliers worked without complaint for many years. Last April, the committee agreed to pay 7i per cent, more for the hire of additional vehicles, but made the stipulation that contracts be placed only with the State transport undertaking.
if this resolution went further he declared, a crippling blow would be dealt to the local haulage industry. It would also mean that the available pool of vehicles would be halved.
Ald. J. L. Schultz stated that the antiSocialists were trying to ruin the nationalized transport services which had been reorganized for the benefit of the country. There would be no harmful effects on employment, as had been suggested, if the resolution were carried through.
PEACE ABOVE ALL
'THAT the preservation of peace came I. before all other considerations, was the gist of a talk given by Mr. G. R. Strauss, M.P., Minister of Supply, to the employees of Marshalls (Cambridge), Ltd., Cambridge. during a visit to the works, last week.
The ramifications of the Marshall organizatioo are extremely wide; the area of the covered sections alone is 375.000 sq. ft. Mr. Strauss showed particular interest in the overhaul and rebuilding shops, where derelict Service vehicles are completely stripped and
b uilt to new condition. The scheduled programme of output in this shop alone is 30 vehicles a week.
A representative of "The Corn
mercial Motor" saw bodies being built for ambulances, radar vans, mobile shops, brewers' lorries, multi-cell Black Marias and other vehicles.
FORD EXPORT RECORD
HAD the shortage of sheet steel not hindered production, output would have topped the 200,000 mark last year, Sir Rowland Smith, chairman of the Ford Motor Co., Ltd.. said last week.
The company's exports in 1950 totalled 146,000 vehicles—an increase of 48,000 on the previous record figure.
ADVICE ON HEAT TREATMENT
A'part of its industrial supplies division, Standard Telephones and Cables, Ltd., Foots Cray, Kent, has formed a heat-treatment group from which advice on various processes may be obtained by industrial users.
A laboratory is available to which manufacturers are invited to send their problems for investigation. The company has for many years made equipment for heat processing.
QUOTATIONS ILLEGAL? rERTA1N • local and educational
authorities are reported to have been making quotations for contractcarriage work with vehicles normally used on school services. To do so, these authorities must have specific powers granted by a local Act, because Section 101 of the Road Traffic Act, 1930, states that a local authority has no power to undertake work of this nature.
COUNCIL TO OPEN HOSTEL? WITH the volume of long-distance VI' road transport passing through Inverness steadily increasing, Inverness Town Council may establish a vehicle park and a drivers' hostel in the vicinity of the harbour. It is proposed that the park should be large enough to accommodate 60-70 vehicles, and the corporat;on common good committee has zlready given its approval.