HC Deb 13 December 1939 vol 355 cc1185-6
34. Sir Percy Harris

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will consider, with the Railway Executive Committee, the possibility of a further restoration of cheap fare facilities on the railways?

Captain Wallace

I am glad to inform the hon. Baronet that arrangements were made to restore, as from Monday last, 11th December, cheap day return bookings which were in regular operation before the war on a particular day or days in the week. This is an extension of the cheap day facilities which I was able to announce to the House on 4th October, and should be of benefit to the longer' distance traveller who was not covered by those arrangements. It is also proposed to reintroduce at an early date a number of cheap fare facilities applicable on certain occasions or in particular circumstances. These include occasional day tickets for special events; day tickets for anglers; tickets for patients, escorts and visitors to convalescent homes, for relations and friends visiting or accompanying inmates of institutions for blind persons or mental deficients, and for day outings for juveniles.

Sir P. Harris

Are we to gather that these facilities will be available for the Christmas week-end?

Captain Wallace

They were restored as from Monday last, lrth December, so that they are in operation now.

Mr. John Morgan

Is the Minister considering cheap travel facilities for allotment holders going to their allotments?