TRADERS CALL FOR GREATER RADIUS LIMIT XTENSION of the 25-thile
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radius of operation to be granted to A and B licensees, if the Transport Bill becomes law, was demanded, particularly for companies in coastal areas, at the annual conference of the National Chamber of Trade, in Eastbourne, • Mr. E. D. Bowman, Malvern, declared that it would be a mistake to recommend the acceptance of a circle of any size; he disliked the idea of a radius. He affirmed his support for the British Road Federation in its fight against the Bill. Mr. Frank Gratwick, secretary of the N.C.T., stated that the Chamber had been in opposition to nationalization for many years and the attitude of the N.C.T. had greatly influenced those, campaigning against State control.
A resolution against the 25-mile radius and demanding a public inquiry was passed by the conference.
The subject of the five-day week was also discussed, and it was said that if it were generally adopted, delivery and distribution-. would be seriously impeded.
MOTOR TRADE LUNCHEON CLUB IN MANCHESTER
FOLLOWING the successful motor industry jubilee celebrations organized in Manchester last October, many people suggested the formation of a club to continue friendships Made then and strengthened later, and that gatherings be held for the benefit Of those connected with the motor and allied trades.
A small committee investigated the possibilities, and its recommendations have resulted in the formation of the Motor Trades Luncheon Club. These functions are to be held at the Engineers' Club, Manchester, on the last Monday of each month, and it is hoped to hold the first in June. It is intended that a prominent personality in the trade shall be present at each to teive a short address. The annual subscription is II is.
All connected with the motor or allied trades may join, and each member can bring a guest. The committee is composed of Messrs. G. White, F. Drabble, H. Roylance, L. G. Forrester, I. Handley and W. Thompson, with Mr. R. Hollingdrake as chairman. The honorary secretary is Mr. E. J. Sibbald, 260, Deansgate, Manchester.
"NATIONALIZATION " IN PRACTICE
TOPICAL information on the control 1 of State-owned services under one administration will be given next week at an additional ordinary meeting of the Institute of Transport, which has been arranged in conjunction with the Institution of Mechanical and Automobile Engineers.
Lieut.-Col. E. W. Slaughter, CUE., M.I.Mech.E., M.Inst.T., managing director, until 1946, of the Nizam Railway, will present a paper on "The Coordination of Road, Rail and Air Services in Hyderabad State, India.The meeting will be held at the Royal Society of Arts, John Adam Street, London, W.C.2, at 5.30 p.m., on May S.