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School Children (Concessionary Fares)

Volume 648: debated on Thursday 9 November 1961

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asked the Minister of Education whether he will make representations to the British Transport Commission, with a view to raising the age limit up to which children may travel at half fare, from the age of 14 years to school leaving age at 15 years or to whenever the child leaves school.

asked the Minister of Education whether he is aware that the London Transport Executive charges full fares to boys and girls over the age of 18 years when they are still attending schools as full-time pupils; and if he will make representations to the Executive to continue the cheaper school-children's fares for all those who are full-time pupils in day schools.

Local education authorities arrange for the free transport to and from school of children of compulsory school age who live beyond walking distance. In respect of other journeys by school children, my right hon. Friend the Minister of Transport dealt at length with the fixing of fares in the reply which he gave to the hon. Member for Leek (Mr. Harold Davies) on 27th October, 1960.