HC Deb 10 November 1954 vol 532 cc1184-5
28. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Prescott versus Birmingham Corporation; and if he will introduce legislation enabling local authorities to permit old-age pensioners, and other needy sections of the community, to travel free or at reduced prices on corporation transport vehicles.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member for Erdington (Mr. J. Silverman) on 27th October.

Mr. Janner

Irrespective of what the decision may be in the Court of Appeal, will the Minister say whether he is in sympathy with the idea of allowing old-age pensioners to travel free, and also whether, if Leicester—as I believe is proposed—promotes a Bill containing a provision to that effect, he will give his whole-hearted support to it?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

The last part of the supplementary question was, I think, on three points hypothetical. In reply to the first part, I think that until the matter is settled in the courts the less I say about it the better.