§ 77. Mr. RHYS DAVIES
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, whether he is aware of the penalties inflicted upon season-ticket holders on various railways who are called upon to pay the full fare when, for certain reasons, they are unable there and then to produce their tickets; and, if so, whether he will press the railway companies concerned to take steps in order that this long-standing grievance on the part of the regular travelling public may be removed?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of TRANSPORT (Mr. Neal)
The railway companies are under no statutory obligation to issue season tickets, and, where they do so, they are entitled to make such conditions as they 307 consider to be reasonable; the policy to be pursued is in each case one for determination by the company concerned. I understand that the practice is not being rigidly followed in all cases. I cannot do more than send a copy of the hon. Member's question to the railway companies for consideration, and this I will do.