§ Sir JAMES YOXALL
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office why railway tickets supplied to soldiers returning home invalided or on furlough are issued for certain lines respectively, and are not so made out that the journey may be taken upon any line which connects the point of departure with the destination; whether he is aware that recently a soldier, who had been wounded, was handed a ticket made out over the Midland Railway, but was advised at St. Pancras Station to travel by the 2.20 p.m. train from King's Cross Station, as no Midland train was to leave for Scotland earlier than 9.30 p.m.; that travel on the Great Northern line was refused to him, however; and that other cases of the kind have occurred; and will he consider methods whereby such delay and anxiety to soldiers recently wounded, or with but brief furloughs, can be avoided?
§ Mr. FORSTER
I am informed that the suggestion of my right hon. Friend has already been considered by the railway authorities, but has been found impracticable. Perhaps, however, he would be good enough to put his question to my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade.