§ Mr. Mainwaring
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport why is it that in some cases members of clerical staffs travelling in company with other workers are not accorded the same privilege of having workmen's fares.
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Workmen's tickets were originally intended only for artisans, mechanics and labourers who travelled in the early morning hours. Where they are now issued, however, on the main line railways and on certain services of the London Passenger Transport Board, their availability has been extended usually to240W all travellers before a certain hour. A further extension has been made to workmen who are employed on shift turns of duty and who must, therefore, travel outside the normal hours of issue. This extension has been limited to artisans, mechanics and labourers. It has been decided, after full consideration, that any general extension outside the normal hours would be both impracticable and undesirable.