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Back in the Political Arena

1st March 1963, Page 13
1st March 1963
Page 13
Page 13, 1st March 1963 — Back in the Political Arena
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THE election battle has started and road transport is in the thick of it. The Conservatives last week-end hustled out an anti-nationalization pamphlet called

Entitled to Know ".

The Conservatives named over 100 firms which they see as threatened with nationalization if Labour wins the next election. They include Leyland, B.M.C., Ford and Vauxhall. To this shopping list they added for good measure " thousands of small road haulage cornpanics" and "thousands of manufacturers and traders who run their own lorries ".

Said the pamphlet: " A Labour Government would renationalize road haulage. The reason . . . is given as the need to create an integrated and publicly owned transport system. This policy would apparently mean dictating to manufacturers and traders whether to dispatch their goods by nationalized road transport or nationalized railways.

"It would also involve severe restrictions on the freedom of traders to use their own C-licence vehicles ".

First Labour reaction included "Child

ish " from Mr. Wilson, " Meaningless " from Mr. Gecirge Brown and " Poppycock " from a Party spokesman.

Jim Callaghan, on the other hand, retreated into a statement that Labour would renationalize steel and " reintegrate " road transport.

Sulphur in Dery ANY further reduction in the sulphur content of diesel fuel for road vehicles would increase the price of the fuel appreciably, said Vice-Admiral Hughes-Hallett on Wednesday. He po:nted out that sulphur content in this country. had been substantially reduced in recent years with`a view to increasing engine life. Dr, Barnett Stross (Labour, Stoke Central) asked the Minister to ensure that diesel fumes should not contain more than a prescribed maximum sulphur content.

Lorries a Local Problem BANNING the parking of heavy road vehicles in residential streets was essentially a local problem, Mr. Marples told M.P.s on Wednesday.


Organisations: Labour Government

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