Troop Trains (Towels).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 14th August 1940.

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Photo of Mr Alexander Sloan Mr Alexander Sloan , South Ayrshire

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company have issued instructions to their staff that towels are to be placed only in first-class lavatories of troop trains; and whether he will take steps to have this discrimination removed?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

The company inform me that there is a general and serious shortage of towels, and that stocks available do not allow of supply in third-class lavatories on troop trains, and only in limited numbers when available in first-class.

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Will the railway companies be able to put towels in third-class lavatories when they have this rise in fares again?

Photo of Mr Alexander Sloan Mr Alexander Sloan , South Ayrshire

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when the railway companies will be able to overcome the difficulties and supply troops with towels in the lavatories?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

No, Sir; I am sorry I cannot. I have no idea.