HC Deb 27 February 1866 vol 181 cc1199-200

MR. H. B. SHERIDAN moved for leave to bring in a Bill to compel the directors of railway companies to provide efficient means of communication between the travellers by and the guards in charge of railway trains. He said, he need not then trouble the House with more than one or two observations as it would be more convenient to take the discussion on the Bill after it was printed. Such a communication as that which his measure contemplated was not only necessary, but it had been adopted in France, and was found perfectly practicable. The Bill provided a penalty for the wanton use of the means of communication. It might be necessary to exclude from the operation of the Bill short journey trains stopping at every station and the metropolitan railways. The question whether the means were proper and efficient would be left to the Board of Trade. The President of the Board of Trade, he believed, thought it would be better if the Bill, after receiving a second reading, were referred to a Select Committee. If that course were taken, the details of the measure might easily be settled by the Committee in two or three days.


said, he had no objection to the introduction of the Bill, but must reserve his opinion as to particular clauses.

Motion agreed to.

Bill to compel the Directors of Railway Companies to provide efficient means of communication between the Travellers by and the Guards in charge of Railway Trains, ordered to be brought in by Mr. HENRY B. SHERIDAN and Mr. HARDCASTLE.