HC Deb 09 June 1920 vol 130 cc437-8W

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that, in pursuance of the reply to a question asked by the hon. Member for the East Grinstead Division of Sussex (Mr. Cautley) on 15th May, 1919, the President of the Board of Trade announced that facilities would be given in June and July, 1920, for the carriage by railways of Sunday school children on their annual outings and of other children on kindred outings at reduced fares; that the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway Company accordingly advertised at Burgess Hill station that such reduced fares and facilities were in force for school and kindred outings; but that, when application is now made to this railway company for such cheap fares, the superintendent of the line declines to grant any such facilities or fares; and whether he can see his way to give instructions that such facilities be accorded and that large numbers of children have an opportunity of again enoying their annual holiday treat?


I cannot find that the President of the Board of Trade made any such announcement. The railway companies generally have granted this year reduced fare facilities, so far as their traffic situation permits, for recognised school outings, subject to certain conditions of which I am sending a copy to the hon. Member. I am not aware of the particular action taken by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Company at Burgess Hill, but I am making inquiry.