It is seldom realised that with the nationalisation of British Railways, the world's largest catering undertaking has fallen under state control. Though representating but an auxiliary activity of the British Transport Commission, the Hotels and Catering Services employ a staff of more than fifteen thousand persons and attain a yearly turnover of eighteen million pounds. In their forty hotels (with a capacity of six thousand seven hundred beds), four hundred refreshment rooms, seven hundred fully equipped dining cars, all the minor catering installations such as trolleys, kiosks, mobile refreshment room units and automatic slot machines is invested a value of eleven million pounds. It must be pointed out that these figures do not include any of the catering facilities of the Pullman Car Company Limited whose undertaking forms a special part of the Transport Commission and of which the fixed assets alone amount to a sum of over four hundred and ten thousand pounds.
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