HC Deb 23 July 1918 vol 108 c1644

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a large amount of clerical labour is spent by railway companies in ascertaining, dissecting, and booking the exact mileage that each passenger and consignment of goods covers on a journey where more than one company's line is used; whether this work has any useful object whilst the State guarantee of dividends to the railway companies exists; whether the impossibility of discovering the mileage travelled on railways by an interavailable season-ticket holder is the main objection of the railway companies to the interavailability of such tickets; and, if so, will he overrule such objection in the national interest?


The first part of the hon. Member's question is based on incorrect assumptions, and the points raised in the latter part do not, therefore, arise.