asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether priority of travel will be granted to Members of Parliament desirous of proceeding abroad.
As my right hon. and learned Friend the Home Secretary stated on 5th June, the grant of an exit permit does not necessarily imply that a passage will be available. My hon. and gallant Friend will realise that at least until the end of the Japanese war there will continue to be a severe shortage of ocean passenger accommodation. Nevertheless my Noble Friend recognises that special consideration should be given to Members of Parliament, and within the limits of the accommodation available will seek to enable Members to undertake such journeys as may be necessary in the discharge of their public duty.