HC Deb 02 April 1917 vol 92 cc961-2W

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that the Unemployment Insurance Claims and Record Office has been recently established at Kew and that a number of temporary male clerks, some of whom have families, and girl clerks, many of whom live with their parents or friends, are employed there; and whether, having regard to the distance of Kew from the residence of most of these clerks, whose circumstances preclude their moving, he will endeavour to arrange with the Railway Executive Committee for the issue of season tickets to the staff at Kew at specially cheap rates?


The railway stations convenient to the Kew Claims and Record Office are outside the London zone within which railway tickets are obtainable at the old rates. The season ticket rates are not affected by the 50 per cent. increase of ordinary fares, but I will consider the question of an application to the Railway Executive Committee with a view to the issue of season tickets at specially reduced rates to clerks employed at the Kew Office. I may add that every effort is made to obtain suitable temporary clerks locally.