§ Mr. LINDLEY
asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware of the conditions obtaining on excursion and ordinary trains running to and from various places in the United Kingdom; that adequate seating and lavatory accommodation is not provided by the railway companies; that on 2nd July, 1024, an excursion train was run by the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company from Rotherham to London, on which, it was estimated, 200 people were without seating accommodation and had to stand during the whole of the 160 miles journey; and that, in spite of protests bring made to the railway company's officials, the same conditions had to be endured on the return journey: and will he take steps, by legislation or otherwise, to compel all railway companies in the United Kingdom to provide adequate seating and every other necessary accommodation for the travelling public?
§ Mr. GOSLING
I have several times had occasion to bring to the notice of the railway companies cases where complaints as to accommodation have been made on their trains, and in reply they say that every possible effort will he made by them to provide adequate accommodation. I am causing inquiries to be made with regard to the particular ease to which my hon. Friend refers and will communicate with him as soon as my inquiries are complete.