HC Deb 13 March 1940 vol 358 c1203
84. Mr. James Griffiths

asked the Minister of Supply whether he is aware that many men now employed in Government establishments travel long distances to their work and incur considerable expense in travelling; and whether he will consider the payment of travelling allowances or, alternatively, cheap fares for these workmen?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Supply (Colonel Llewellin)

As regards establishments under the control of the Ministry of Supply, I am aware that at certain of the recently-established factories the local circumstances are such that the expenses of the journeys of some of the workpeople to and from work are higher than would normally be incurred. Representations on the matter have been received from certain trade unions and the Ministry of Supply is considering, in consultation with the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Transport and other Departments concerned, whether remedial measures are possible in cases of exceptional character.

Mr. Davidson

Will such considerations apply to Scotland?

Colonel Llewellin

They apply to wherever our ordnance factories are situated.

Mr. Davidson

I ask because—for the benefit of those who do not know—the biggest factory is in Scotland.