§ Mr. Gisborne
wished to ask the right hon. Baronet at the head of Her Majesty's Government, whether parties applying to Parliament for Railway Bills would be still obliged to deposit plans or sections with the Railway Department of the Board of Trade; or whether any alterations in the present system were intended to be made?
§ Sir Robert Peel
was not at present prepared to make any announcement on the subject to which the hon. Member referred. It was one to which Her Majesty's Government had directed their attention, and which required much consideration. They were, of course, desirous to acquire as much experience as possible in the working of the present railway system before any decision was come to, and it was also necessary that the matter should be brought before Parliament at a period of the Session which would ensure full and calm deliberation to a subject of so much importance. Taking these two considerations, therefore, together—namely, the necessity of having as much experience as possible on the working of the present system, and also of having ample time for coming to a calm and fair consideration of the matter in Parliament, he thought the present period of the Session too late for bringing the subject before the House.