Sir John Reith: Yes, Sir, I know there is some confusion, and I should like, if I may, to consult with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Information on the subject.
Sir John Reith: 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...
Sir John Reith: Yes, Sir; I know how much parents wish to visit their children, and facilities will be restored wherever possible as soon as possible.
Sir John Reith: The morning and evening workmen's service on this line is being augmented as from 19th August.
Sir John Reith: I mean workmen's special trains. There will be two trains in the morning and two trains at night extra.
Sir John Reith: I think that that matter is taken care of by the fact that there will be two extra trains morning and evening.
Sir John Reith: I will look into that matter.
Sir John Reith: Under existing conditions a substantial reduction in the number of road accidents can only be secured by the exercise of greater care by all road users. A further road safety publicity campaign will be undertaken in the autumn.
Sir John Reith: Under the Army Act, 1881, and the Air Force Act, 1917, officers and men proceeding on duty along or over any road or bridge are exempt from payment of tolls levied by virtue of any Act of Parliament. As to any private tolls, I do not propose to introduce legislation requiring exemption, which anyhow would benefit the Exchequer and not the individual officer or man.
Sir John Reith: The Home Guard does come under the Army Act to which I referred. I said that that Act and the corresponding Air Force Act excuse officers and men on duty from any tolls levied by an Act of Parliament. I did not say that such exemption applied to private tolls.
Sir John Reith: I do not think there is any case where a private toll paid by an officer or man has not been refunded by his headquarters.
Sir John Reith: The works on the Great North Road to which my hon. Friend refers are being carried out under Ministry of Transport direction as highway authority for the trunk road. The decision to continue was taken after full consideration of all the relevant circumstances, including those mentioned by my hon. Friend. All schemes on which works are continuing are under frequent review to determine whether,...
Sir John Reith: If the hon. Members are particularly interested in this work, I shall be pleased to give them details, and I think they will agree that what is being done is justifiable.
Sir John Reith: Instructions are that, when air raid warning is given, drivers should stop as soon as they come to a suitable place for shelter. In view of the labour and expense in treating the windows of tramcars and omnibuses, it is not proposed to require operators to take action on the lines suggested.
Sir John Reith: I quite understand the point, but it is one of those matters that may be as broad as it is long, or not quite as broad as it is long. So far it has been considered not justifiable to incur the expense indicated.
Sir John Reith: The matter is one which I should be very glad to submit to my right hon. Friend the Minister of Home Security for his further advice, but so far the position is as I have stated, and if my right hon. Friend's advice is to the contrary, I shall be delighted to take action accordingly.
Sir John Reith: A minimum charge in lieu of tips is paid by all passengers using London Midland and Scottish dining cars, first and third, and I do not feel justified in asking the company to discriminate between them.
Sir John Reith: I do not know what a bottle of beer costs in a railway carriage.
Sir John Reith: I will try to find out. What I do know is that in platform buffets there are discriminating, special rates for members of His Majesty's Forces.
Sir John Reith: Yes, I am quite prepared to pass on that suggestion.