asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport whether his attention has been called to the strong feeling there is in London and Greater London against the railway companies in maintaining the present high fares on workmen's, season, and ordinary suburban services; and whether his Department can take any action in order to urge all the railway companies supplying London suburban services to reduce existing fares, which are now 75 per cent. above pre-War rates on ordinary fares, and much higher on many workmen's fares?
My attention has been drawn to complaints that railway fares are too high. As regards the Metropolitan District and Tube Railways, to which the provisions of the London Electric Railway Companies (Fares) Act, 1920, apply, I have the position under consideration. As regards suburban services generally, I would remind my hon. Friend that the Minister has no powers over railway charges but that, under the provisions of the Railways Act, 1921, representations may be made to the Rates Tribunal for a reduction of fares.