§ Mr. BARCLAY-HARVEY
asked the Minister of Transport if he has any information as to what European countries provide second or third-class sleeping accommodation in night trains; what supplementary fares are charged for such accommodation; and how second and third-class fares in those countries compare with third-class fares in this country?
§ Colonel ASHLEY
I understand that on the German railways sleeping accommodation is provided by arrangement with a sleeping and dining car company, and that such accommodation is available on certain trains for holders of second and third-class tickets on payment of additional charges which, including reservation fees, amount to 14.30 marks for second and 7.15 marks for third-class passengers. I am unable to state on which, if any, other European railways such accommodation is provided. With regard to the last part of the question, according to the German official railway handbook the second-and third-class ordinary fares on the German railways are as follow:
Second-class.—7.5 pfennige per kilometre plus a supplement ranging from one to three marks, according to distance, in the case of fast trains.
Third-class.—Five pfennige per kilometre plus a supplement ranging from 50 pf. to 1 mark 50 pf., according to distance, in the case of fast trains.
In Great Britain the ordinary fares are generally on the basis of 2d. a mile second-class, and 1½d. a mile third-class.