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Wives (Travel Concessions)

Volume 400: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1944

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asked the Secretary of State for War why the wives of men in the Army are only allowed two cheap travel vouchers as compared with the three allowed to wives of men in the other two Services.

The wives of sailors, soldiers and airmen are all entitled to the same number of journeys at concession rates in the course of a year. Wives will be allowed four journeys during each period of six months during which the allowance books are current. The scheme came into force on 1st June, and the apparent discrepancy to which this Question draws attention arises from the fact that the current allowance books in the Army have a shorter period to run before they expire than the books in the other Services.