Mr. R. C. Morrison
asked the Minister of Transport whether he will arrange for workmen's fares to be available on Sundays to all workers travelling to and from their employment?
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport (Mr. Montague)
On the main line railways, the London Passenger Transport Board's railways, and the Board's road services on which workmen's tickets are issued on weekdays, the Railway Executive Committee have arranged that, as a war-time emergency measure, workmen's tickets will be issued at any time on Sundays for journeys between places of residence and places of employment, to all applicants producing a works' pass, shift certificate or other means of identification associated with the place at which the work is to be performed. All regional transport commissioners have been asked to use every endeavour to ensure that arrangements for the issue of workmen's tickets on Sundays on provincial road services are equally wide in scope.
Will that include men employed in Government Departments in Whitehall, such as attendants and men with low wages, who during the present emergency have to go to work on Sundays?
I am afraid I cannot answer that Question without notice, but I should imagine not.
Will my hon. Friend look into the question to see whether it is possible to include these men, who are in receipt of low wages and are put to considerable expense by having to go to work on Sunday?
Mr. Benjamin Smith
Can my hon. Friend look into the question of issuing tickets to all those who can prove that they use workmen's tickets during the week?
I think that is covered by the answer.
Is my hon. Friend aware that workmen's tickets are not issued after a given hour in the morning, and will he see that they are made available later?
If my hon. Friend will read my answer he will see that workmen's tickets will be issued at any time on Sundays under this arrangement.