Armed Forces (Railway Dining Cars, Tips).

Oral Answers to Questions — Aircraft Production. – in the House of Commons on 31st July 1940.

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Photo of Mr David Robertson Mr David Robertson , Wandsworth Streatham

asked the Minister of Transport whether he will request the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company to stop making a compulsory tipping charge to sailors, soldiers and airmen using the dining-car services?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

A minimum charge in lieu of tips is paid by all passengers using London Midland and Scottish dining cars, first and third, and I do not feel justified in asking the company to discriminate between them.

Photo of Mr David Robertson Mr David Robertson , Wandsworth Streatham

Does my right hon. Friend realise that the Government are in an invidious position, inasmuch as they are participating in these things either by saving of wages or by the guarantee, or by sharing profits, and will he also take into account that fighting men cannot afford these charges?

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Seaham

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I have heard soldiers in a train complaining about having to pay 1s. 3d. for a bottle of beer, 3d. being the tip? Why should they have to pay the extra 3d.?

Photo of Major Abraham Lyons Major Abraham Lyons , Leicester East

Is not the railway company being subsidised by public funds?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

I do not know what a bottle of beer costs in a railway carriage.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

A bottle of ginger beer then?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

I will try to find out. What I do know is that in platform buffets there are discriminating, special rates for members of His Majesty's Forces.

Photo of Mr Hubert Beaumont Mr Hubert Beaumont , Batley and Morley

Will the right hon. Gentleman also consider proposing to the railway companies that they should offer a lunch at less than half-a-crown, which, unfortunately, the soldiers cannot pay?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

Yes, I am quite prepared to pass on that suggestion.

Photo of Mr Alfred Denville Mr Alfred Denville , Newcastle upon Tyne Central

Will the right hon. Gentleman try to secure facilities for soldiers, sailors and airmen while travelling similar to those in the buffets?