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Children (Railway Half Fares)

Volume 360: debated on Thursday 9 May 1940

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asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the maximum salary allowed to children over 16 years of age to qualify for half fare is 18s. per week; that this figure has re- mained unchanged for many years, despite many increases in fares; and whether he will consider raising it now to 25s., in view of the increase in the cost of living and the high percentage of weekly earnings children pay out in fares, amounting to nearly 50 per cent. in some cases?

I am consulting the Railway Executive Committee on this matter and will communicate with the hon. Member as soon as I have considered their reply.