asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he will issue free travelling warrants to the wives and mothers of ratings whose ships are in home ports but who have infrequent leave, particularly for those living a considerable distance from such ports; and whether he will issue passes or take other action to secure that those relatives who are able to travel to ports to see their men shall be able temporarily to enter restricted areas for that purpose?:
Naval ratings have two free travelling warrants a year, and may travel at half the ordinary fare on other occasions. Their wives are also entitled to this half fare rate, and my right hon. Friend regrets that he is unable to make any further concession. Relatives with the usual permits are allowed to enter the North of Scotland Protected Areas and also, subject to certain conditions, the Orkneys and Shetlands. All persons entering defence areas may be challenged to produce evidence of the purpose of the journey, though no permits are issued. Visits to naval relatives, except in special circumstances, are permitted.
While thanking the hon. Baronet for that answer, may I ask whether, in view of prospective rise in the cost of living under the Budget, he will have this matter seriously reconsidered?