Non-smoking Compartments

Oral Answers to Questions — Railways – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th June 1944.

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Photo of Mr Gilbert Gledhill Mr Gilbert Gledhill , Halifax 12:00 am, 7th June 1944

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport if he will instruct the Railway Executive Committee to have those compartments where smoking is prohibited more prominently labelled; and the railway staffs to insist on this by-law being rigidly observed.

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

The labels now used in non-smoking compartments were only adopted after experiments had been made with various other types. I think they have proved reasonably effective, but I should be glad to consider any proposals which my hon. Friend may care to make. My hon. Friend will recognise that the railway staff are now working in difficult conditions. I hope he will agree that they do their best to ensure that passengers who travel in non-smoking compartments do not smoke.

Photo of Mr Gilbert Gledhill Mr Gilbert Gledhill , Halifax

Would my hon. Friend give due publicity to that answer in order to protect those passengers who, having a disability such as train sickness, cannot travel in a smoky atmosphere?

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby

I will do my best and I hope my hon. Friend will do his best.