HC Deb 27 May 1919 vol 116 cc1015-6
48. Major NEWMAN

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the fact that under State control the railways systems of the country are no longer paying concerns and increased fares of 50 per cent. are being charged on the travelling public, it is the intention of the Government to grant free railway passes to Members of this House; and, if so, whether the House will be given an opportunity of debating the proposal?


As regards the first part of the question I would refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave yesterday. In reply to the last part of the question, the sanction of the House of Commons would, of course, be required before such a change could be carried out.


Does that mean that the House will have an opportunity of debating it, or will it be done by an Order in Council?


No, there will be no Order in Council, and it must in some form or other come before the House of Commons.