My noble Friend is for the present mainly relying upon appeals to the public to refrain from all unnecessary travel, especially long-distance travel. But a large number of cheap fares have been cancelled and others restricted to comparatively short distances. Only such limited train services as will not impede essential freight movement can be run and in no circumstances will this limit be exceeded.
Is the Minister aware of the widespread concern caused by reports in newspapers of additional facilities being given for holiday travel and of railway stations being crowded with persons travelling to holiday resorts, and in view of the number of times this matter has been before the House, can we have something rather more satisfactory than appeals?
I would call my hon. Friend's attention to the last part of the answer, which is to the effect that while some additional trains have been added, they will not be added in conditions in which they could impede essential freight movement.
The companies have been instructed that they may run additional trains where required during the summer months, provided that no train is run that is likely to interfere with essential freight traffic; and that the number of additional trains, if any, run in connection with local holidays and similar occasions shall in no circumstances exceed the number run on the same occasion last year.
It is a matter of balance between the relatively small amount of coal involved and the very considerable advantage not only to the enjoyment but also to the health of those concerned.
On a point of Order. Is it not most unusual, when an hon. Member is on his feet asking a question, for another hon. Member to give notice to raise the matter on the Adjournment?
Is the Minister aware that there is a Regional Traffic Committee in the area mentioned by the hon. Member for Burnley (Mr. Burke) which has had to reply to an hon. Member that it cannot persuade the railway companies to provide adequate transport on trains for munition workers and yet in the same area transport is being provided to take holiday makers to seaside resorts? Will the Minister look into that?