Railway Warrants

Oral Answers to Questions — Armed Forces – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th October 1949.

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Photo of Sir Norman Hulbert Sir Norman Hulbert , Stockport 12:00 am, 26th October 1949

asked the Minister of Defence how many free railway warrants are issued to National Service men per year.

Photo of Mr Albert Alexander Mr Albert Alexander , Sheffield, Hillsborough

National Service men called up before 1st January, 1949, are entitled to a maximum of three free warrants a year; those called up on or after that date are entitled to a maximum of three during their 18-month period of whole-time service.

Photo of Sir Norman Hulbert Sir Norman Hulbert , Stockport

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider issuing a Fleet order, an Army Council instruction and an Air Council instruction to clarify this matter? There are some units which are not quite certain how many warrants the men are entitled to.

Photo of Mr Albert Alexander Mr Albert Alexander , Sheffield, Hillsborough

I made inquiries, and I understand that the position has been made clear in the Army and the Royal Air Force, but that the preparation of Fleet orders has not been as rapid. They are, however, about to be issued.