HC Deb 21 April 1921 vol 140 c2105W

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the inadequacy of the second-class accommodation on the day boat trains from Dover and Folkestone to London; whether he will make inquiries as to the possibility of giving reasonable accommodation of this class in the first and second trains, even if it means a reduction in the number of Pullman cars; and will he see that some of the second-class carriages are put in the middle of such trains?


My attention has not previously been called to this matter. I have ascertained from the railway company that under normal conditions, when the number of passengers is sufficient for two trains, the first train, apart from Pullman cars, is ordinarily composed of 38 second-class to 30 first-class seats, and the second train is made up to meet requirements. During the present coal situation, the number of Pullman cars has been reduced and more first and second-class accommodation is available. The railway company state that the number of first-class passengers is far in excess of the second, and that no complaints have been made to them concerning the arrangements. I have, however, requested the railway company to keep the matter under observation and to report the result at an early date.