§ 79. Mr. RENDALL
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that railway companies with competing lines between the same places, whilst permitting passengers to travel on either line with a return ticket, decline to allow season-ticket holders a like privilege; and, having regard to the increased number of season-ticket holders caused by the increase of ordinary fares and the inconvenience this Regulation causes, will he suggest to the railway companies that it should be withdrawn?
I understand that, having regard to the object of the present restrictions on railway travelling, it would not be possible to make a general Regulation extending the existing arrangements as to the interavailability of tickets to short-distance season tickets, to which I gather the hon. Gentleman specially refers. Due consideration would, however, be given to any request for interavailability of tickets by any particular route.