HC Deb 04 June 1878 vol 240 c1166

asked the President of the Board of Trade, If he can communicate to the House the result of the inquiry which he informed the House he had directed to be made with reference to the death of Sir Francis Groldsmid from an accident in getting out of a Railway carriage at the Waterloo Station when it was alleged that the door had been opened from without before the train had stopped; and, whether he will now cause inquiry to be made as to what regulations have been made to prevent the repetition of a similar accident?


I laid upon the Table of the House last night the Report of Colonel Yolland upon the lamentable occurrence to which my hon. Friend refers. Colonel Yolland attributes the accident to the door of the compartment, which was fastened, having been opened by some of the officials at the station before the train had stopped; and, also, to the absence of suitable arrangements respecting the footboard of the carriage. I shall carefully consider the Report; a copy has been forwarded to the London and South-Western Railway Company, and I have requested them to inform me what steps they have taken, or propose to take, to prevent the repetition of similar deplorable accidents.