HC Deb 02 November 1939 vol 352 cc2108-9
84. Mr. Mathers

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware of the hardship felt by the parents of young sailors, soldiers and airmen stationed so far from their homes that they cannot afford to pay their fares home when they get leave; and whether he will arrange, in such cases, for free railway tickets being issued to allow of home contact being made every three months, and especially at Christmas?

Captain Crookshank

Soldiers and airmen are allowed one free warrant for travel to their homes prior to embarkation for overseas service, and also after certain periods of service overseas. Sailors in ships of the sea-going fleets are also eligible for the latter concession. Men travelling on leave on other occasions are granted the usual facilities of half normal fares. The question whether the present travelling facilities are adequate is at present under examination.

Mr. Mathers

In order to assist that examination, will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman consider the many cases of hardship involved in the cases that I can produce for his consideration?

Captain Crookshank

I shall be very glad to have anything the hon. Gentleman cares to send me, if it helps with this examination.