HC Deb 07 February 1878 vol 237 cc1207-8

asked the President of the Board of Trade, What measures he intends adopting for the purpose of preventing the conveyance (either by sea, canal, river, or rail, unless in properly constructed magazines) of gunpowder, dynamite, and other dangerous goods such as were proven to have been shipped on board the "Great Queensland" without a magazine; and, further, what regulations he intends imposing upon the Conservators of the Thames and other rivers, whereby they may be compelled to exercise efficient supervision over the storage, conveyance, and stowage of combustible goods?


I have twice already stated to the House, in answer to the hon. Member, that I consider the law providing for the proper loading of explosives is sufficient. I am communicating with harbour authorities with a view to induce them to obtain notice of every ship loading with explosives in their jurisdiction, and to communicate any ease of suspicion to our inspecting officers. The hon. Member may, if he likes, move for a copy of any set of bye-laws, which are all approved by the Board of Trade—such as those of the Thames, Mersey, or the Tyne, and of the model bye-laws as to carriage of explosives which are applied, under sanction of the Board of Trade, to all inland waters and railways in the Kingdom—and it will be seen that there is no deficiency of law on the subject.