HC Deb 06 December 1944 vol 406 cc542-3W
Mr. Parker

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he is aware that hardship is caused to boys and girls of 16 to 17 years of age travelling to the City from outer London areas, such as Hornchurch, after workmen's trains, owing to the high fares they have to pay; and whether they can be given the same facilities as boys and girls of 14 to 15 years of age.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Children under 14 years of age can travel on the railways at half fares. Young persons between 14 and 16 years of age can buy season tickets at half the usual rate, if their headmaster or employer certifies that they require the ticket to travel to school or work. Young persons between 16 and 18 years of age can similarly buy season tickets on the same terms and under the same conditions, if they receive in wages, salary or monetary allowance less than 25s. a week. I think my hon. Friend will agree that, under these arrangements, young persons should suffer no hardship.