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Railways (Seat Reservation)

Volume 393: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1943

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asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he will consider adopting one class fares for all carriages on long distance trains excepting in special carriages in which numbered reserve seats could be booked in advance, as is done on railways in the United States of America and other countries?

I have carefully considered the proposal made by my hon. Friend, but I regret that, like similar proposals which have been made before, their adoption would involve great practical difficulties. The reservation of seats and the decisions on claims to priority would involve an additional burden on the Ministry and railway personnel which in itself would outweigh any advantage that might result.