13. Viscount Hinchinģbrooke
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the great congestion on the railways, he will put an end to the practice 158 of reserving whole compartments for Admiralty messengers travelling alone.
Would the First Lord look into the possibility of transferring this courier service to the roads? Has he made every attempt to see whether existing military motor services could not be used to release accommodation on the railways?
Of course every inquiry has been made, but it is essential in all these long-distance journeys, especially the heavy traffic journeys which we have to make, to consider other matters like petrol, rubber and man-power.
§ Mr. Mathers
Is it not the case that these couriers usually travel by night in a sleeper which is only available for one person?