HC Deb 15 November 1939 vol 353 cc696-7
31. Sir Harold Webbe

asked the Minister of Transport whether, in order to help the revival of the restaurant and amusement business of London, and to maintain the morale of the people by giving them the opportunity of some measure of recreation and relaxation, he will endeavour to arrange for a reasonably late theatre train on all lines from London to the suburbs and nearby towns?

Captain Wallace

I am advised that adequate facilities are already available to serve suburban stations. In view of other urgent demands upon both the personnel and material of the railway companies, I do not feel justified in asking them to extend these facilities.

Sir H. Webbe

Does not my right hon. and gallant Friend consider that the provision of facilities for recreation are of such great importance at the present time that he would be justified in asking transport undertakings all over the country to make special concessions?

Captain Wallace

There are many urgent things to be done at the present time, and I must exercise some discretion.