B.L.A. Reserve Coaches (Use by Civilians)

Oral Answers to Questions — Railways – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th February 1945.

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Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty 12:00 am, 28th February 1945

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport what complaints he had received about civilians filling railway coaches reserved for troops belonging to the B.L.A.; whether he is aware that on the train leaving Newport, High Street Station, on 13th February, soldiers were informed that the first coach was reserved for them, but when the train came in that coach was filled with civilians and the soldiers had to stand where they could; and will he take steps to prevent this.

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

I have only received one complaint that railway coaches reserved for B.L.A. troops have been occupied by civilians. That complaint related to the train from Newport on 13th February, to which my right hon. Friend refers. I am making inquiries, and will write to him as soon as possible.