HC Deb 13 June 1921 vol 143 c19
56. Mr. W. THORNE

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that a big reduction of wages is taking place in many parts of the country, ranging from 10s. to 25s. per week; if he is prepared to bring about a reduction of railway fares for workmen's tickets; and if he will take action in the matter?


I am aware that in many industries reductions in wages are taking place, but the fares charged to workpeople travelling by cheap early trains are still on a very low basis, in comparison with those fixed for other classes of travel. I fear that I should not be justified in taking the action suggested.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that when the increase in workmen's railway tickets was put on, it involved an increase of 2s. a week, which in some cases meant 10s. a week to a family?


That is a repetition of the same question in another form.


The right hon. Gentleman has not answered what I asked him.