HC Deb 02 July 1919 vol 117 c996W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the difficulty experienced by the members of the Sunday schools of the mining valleys of Glamorganshire in arranging with the railway companies for facilities for their annual excursion to the seaside; that this is a serious deprivation to the working people of these districts and their children, for many of whom it constitutes the only opportunity of a holiday, and is a source of acute and widespread dissatisfaction in the district; and what steps he proposes to recommend to the Railway Executive to meet the situation?


I am aware that difficulties of the nature indicated have arisen, but I am afraid it would not be practicable to provide accommodation for all the adults who might like to accompany the children on excursions for which concessions have recently been granted, I understand that the pre-war practice of the railway companies in this respect was not uniform, but that the companies have now been instructed by the Railway Executive Committee to allow one adult for every ten children to travel at the present-day single fare for the double journey, in order to provide for teachers and others in charge of the children.