50 Years Ago – 23 February 1971

23 February 1971

It was announced that rail fares would increase by over 10% above inflation, with prices increases of around 20 to 25%. Rail unions meeting in London also demanded a 25% increase in pay, but there was a hope that a negotiated settlement could be reached.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents called for more checks to be made on the fire safety of buses following a series of incidents involving buses catching fire. There were concerns about buses made by British Leyland, but the company said that there were issues with only a small percentage of that vehicles that they had produced.

Alec Douglas-Home (in main image above), the Foreign Secretary, announced that the Government would be supplying helicopters and spares of equipment to South Africa, but that an embargo would continue on other military hardware and supplies.