asked the Minister of Transport what arrangements exist to ensure that troops, when travelling by ordinary passenger trains, are provided with adequate seating accommodation?
When the railway companies have prior knowledge that bodies of troops are to travel by ordinary train they make arrangements to ensure that adequate seating accommodation is available for them. It is not always possible to provide seating accommodation when numbers of troops appear without notice.
Irrespective of where the responsibility lies, is not my hon. Friend aware that it is the common and very disturbing experience of all night travellers from Scotland to see our troops standing all night without any possibility of being able to sit down during the journey?