HC Deb 27 May 1878 vol 240 c747

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether any facilities, and if so, what, are proposed to be given in those cases where Bills have been dropped in previous Sessions relating to the use of power on tramways other than animal, and whether the matter of such Bills can be dealt with during the present Session of Parliament, either by enlarging the scope of the Committee now sitting on that subject, or by separate Bill, or in some other way?


Sir, in answer to my hon. and learned Friend, I beg to say that there does not appear to me to be any necessity for enlarging the powers of the Committee to whom all Bills of this Session relative to the use of mechanical power upon tramways have been referred, as the Committee have prepared clauses and regulations upon the subject, which they will insert in all the Bills and Provisional Orders, which clauses will afford facilities for the settlement of the question. These clauses and regulations could only be made applicable to Tramway Acts and Orders of previous Sessions by a general measure; and I do not think that in the present state of Public Business it would be possible to legislate—supposing we considered such legislation desirable—in the matter this year.