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Railway Fares (Authorised Increase)

Volume 360: debated on Thursday 9 May 1940

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that, before the original increase of 5 per cent., the fare from Lough borough Junction to the City was 5d., that ½d. was then added instead of ¼d., and that a further 1d. has been added, making an increase of 30 per cent. instead of 15 per cent.; and whether it is to be understood that the 10 per cent. increase recently sanctioned is not to be regarded as a precise figure but may be exceeded?

The first of these increases was made under the authority of an Order of the Railway Rates Tribunal in 1939 and the second under the authority of my Order dated 17th April, 1940. In reply to the hon. Member for Seaham (Mr. Shinwell) yesterday, I gave a full explanation of the operation of the fractions rules.