HC Deb 22 July 1929 vol 230 c930W

asked the Minister of Transport (1) whether he proposes to initiate legislation making it compulsory for the railway companies to print on the face of the ticket the fact that cheap excursion tickets are issued under conditions absolving the companies from all liability for injuries or death caused to a passenger through the companies' negligence;

(2) whether he will consider the desirability of initiating legislation to prevent the railway companies from issuing cheap tickets subject to the condition that the dependants of a passenger holding such a ticket where death has been caused through the company's negligence shall forfeit their right to maintain an action against the company?


Railway companies are, as the hon. Member is aware, at present liable, under common law and otherwise, to pay compensation for injuries to passengers due to negligence of the company or their servants. It is, however, open to passengers to enter into special contracts by which the companies' liabilities are lessened, but I do not at present feel prepared to recommend Parliament to consider legislation on the matter. I will, however, bring the bon. Member's suggestions to the notice of the Royal Commission on Transport.