HC Deb 21 May 1912 vol 38 cc1877-9W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War, whether the general manager of the South African Railways has notified that all soldiers travelling with third-class tickets are entitled to second-class accommodation on a train that is occupied by Natives, so that they are not compelled to travel in the same compartment as Natives; and, if so, what are the regulations as regards travelling in other Colonies where British soldiers are stationed?

Colonel SEELY

I am informed that the South Africa Railways have arranged that on sections of the line when third-class accommodation separated from natives and Asiatics is not provided, non-commissioned officers and rank and file are permitted to travel second class. In North and South China non-commissioned officers and men travel second class. In Ceylon when parties of European soldiers proceeding by rail do not exceed nineteen, second class accommodation is used. There is no further information as regard other Colonies available in the War Office.