Cheap Travel Facilities (Parents of Evacuated Children).

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

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Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

asked the Minister of Transport why it was found necessay to cancel a number of special trains with cheap return fares for parents of child evacuees during June and July; and whether he will ensure that adequate cheap-fare facilities are provided for all such parents in the future?

Photo of Sir Frank Sanderson Sir Frank Sanderson , Ealing

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that the lack of cheap travel facilities to enable parents to visit children billeted in the various parts of the London reception area is causing parents great anxiety; and, as many of the children have already returned on this account, will he consider an assured service either by rail or coach, say once every three months, which would meet all requirements?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

It was necessary to cancel the special cheap rail facilities for parents visiting their children in reception areas partly because of the transport of troops and other movements to put this country in a position of defence and partly because of the numbers of children being moved to new areas. I hope it may be possible to provide some cheap facilities towards the end of this month, but that must depend on the military situation. Details will be announced later.

Photo of Mr William Gallacher Mr William Gallacher , Fife Western

Is the Minister aware of the great concern of parents who have found it impossible to get the necessary facilities to visit their children, and will he take every step to ensure that nothing is left undone to enable parents to visit their children?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

Yes, Sir; I know how much parents wish to visit their children, and facilities will be restored wherever possible as soon as possible.