HC Deb 08 July 1919 vol 117 c1638W

asked the President of the Board of Trade on what grounds the Railway Executive Committee have granted special travelling facilities and reduced fares to attend organised camps to cadet organisations recognised by the War Office, and have refused them to the Boy Scouts' Association, the Federation of Working Boys' and Girls' Clubs, and similar organisations; and whether, in view of the fact that this refusal inflicts great hardship on poor children who have frequently been working very hard and derive great benefit from these camping holidays, he will take immediate steps to extend all possible travelling facilities to these organisations?


Cadet Corps are granted reduced fares as part of the military organisation under special arrangements of long standing made by the War Office. The question whether any similar arrangements could, in present circumstances, be extended to organisations such as those mentioned is now receiving consideration, and I hope that a decision will be arrived at shortly. The matter is, however, one of some difficulty in view of the present calls on the railways.