HC Deb 08 July 1942 vol 381 cc752-3
17. Sir J. Mellor

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he can now make a statement with regard to the issue to the Armed Forces of a form of warrant which shall be valid as a railway ticket and obviate delay at booking offices?

Sir A. Salter

While this proposal presents certain difficulties, it is being actively pursued and I am hopeful that a decision will shortly be reached. I will then communicate with the hon. Member.

Sir J. Mellor

Is it right that the public should continue to suffer while the Ministry are taking so much time to make up their mind?

Sir A. Salter

The arrangements do, of course, involve a great deal of clerical work in the Service Departments, but I fully realise the great advantage of what the hon. Gentleman has in mind.

Mr. A. C. Reed

Has the right hon. Gentleman seen the warrant issued to a soldier, which has 40 or 50 different headings, and would it not be possible to have a small form on which the soldier's name could be filled in, leaving out all the other headings, as this would save a great deal of labour?

Sir A. Salter

I will look into that matter.