HC Deb 20 November 1950 vol 481 cc7-8W
Captain Bullock

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will take steps to assist the Transport Commission by subsidy or the provision of special vessels or equipment to facilitate the visit to this country of students and other young persons from France and Western European countries during 1951.

Mr. Barnes

Visits to this country by students and other young persons from Western Europe are already facilitated by cheap rail fares for parties and this concession will now be extended to the boat fares. At week-ends during the holiday season, the British Transport Commission's vessels on the Continental routes are usually loaded to capacity, but accommodation is normally available in midweek. I am not in a position to provide additional vessels or equipment, but I have no reason to think that such visitors as the hon. Member has in mind will be prevented from travelling to this country by any lack of transport for which the Commission are responsible.