HC Deb 21 February 1917 vol 90 cc1338-9

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in the case of men who have been transferred from the Army to the Ministry of Munitions and who have been sent long distances from their homes to work, he can make arrangements, when these men obtain their week-end leave, on the production of their transfer, for them to travel at Army rate; and is he aware that some of these men are working 200 miles from their homes and the present cost of travelling makes it almost impossible for them to visit their wives and children?


This question is receiving careful consideration, but I regret that it is has not so far been found practicable to exempt munition workers from the restrictions recently placed upon travelling in order to enable railways to meet the urgent demands made upon them in connection with the requirements imposed by the War.


Will the hon. Gentleman cause inquiry to be made into this matter? Some of these men have been employed a considerable time.


I have received a number of representations, and the matter is still receiving attention, I am in communication with the Railway Executive, who are sympathetically disposed in regard to the question.