HC Deb 30 January 1941 vol 368 cc698-9W
Mr. Groves

asked the Minister of Transport whether he has been informed of the hardship incurred by air-raid precautions workers, who in many cases have to reside away from their point of duty owing to their own houses being affected by enemy action, and travel by workmen's tickets, and, although they may have been on duty 18 or 24 hours, are informed by the railway authorities that return halves of such workmen's tickets are not available; and whether he will take steps to get this altered?

Lieut.-Colonel Moore-Brabazon

I do not think that it would be fair to the railway companies to place on them the cost of extending workmen's fares to cover men who do not return to their homes daily. The main-line railway companies have, however, agreed to a concession whereby, on production of an approved certificate, full time Civil Defence workers will be able to obtain return tickets at the rate of a single fare and one-third, not-withstanding that it may be less than the minimum which normally governs the issue of such tickets. It is expected that the necessary arrangements will be completed very shortly, and an announcement will be made then.