§ Mr. EDWARDS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, seeing that the war bonus was given to civil servants at home and later extended to those who served during the War, he will consider applying the same principle to railway servants who served under similar conditions whilst the railways were in the hands of the State; if he will give the amount necessary to cover this claim by civil servants and the estimated cost if applied to railway servants; and will he state whether any sum was handed over to railway companies to be used for this purpose?
§ Colonel ASHLEY
I have been asked to reply. Any question as to the position of civil servants in this matter should be addressed to my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury. So far as railway servants are concerned, the control arrangements did not alter their status, or put them in the position of civil servants. I am unable to furnish the estimates for which the hon. Member asks.