HC Deb 13 February 1872 vol 209 cc290-1

asked the President of the Board of Trade, If it is his intention to take any steps this Session for enforcing the adoption, by Railway Companies, of a really efficient means of communication between passengers and the drivers and guards of trains?


, in reply, said, he was well aware of the unsatisfactory working of the present system of communication between passengers and guards; but he did not think they could say that a really efficient mode of communication had yet been discovered, which would entitle the Government or Parliament to enforce the mode exclusively upon railway companies. He had, however, pointed out to the different railway companies the failure of the rope system, and called upon them to submit to the Board of Trade an improved mode of communication. When he had received the answers to this circular, he would be better able to decide what should be done.