§ Mr. W. THORNE
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that if the London Electric, Metropolitan, 1700W District, City and South London, and Central London Railways Companies Bill is carried it will mean that thousands of both workmen and women will be called upon to pay at least 10s. per week more for railway fares travelling for the same distance as they are now travelling for a fare costing them about 2s. per week; and what attitude the Government intend taking towards the matter?
§ Mr. NEAL
I have been asked to answer this question. I would remind the hon. Member that the Bill is one to authorise the charging of certain increased maxima, and the hon. Member will no doubt realise that such increases as those mentioned would only result if the maximum powers were in fact imposed, but any statement as to the attitude of the Government would be made more properly when the Bill is again before the House.