HC Deb 20 February 1879 vol 243 c1520

asked the President of the Board of Trade, When he anticipates being able to place upon the Table of the House the final Evidence and Report of the departmental Committee of the Board of Trade relative to the Rule of the Road in the navigation of the River Thames?


Sir, the official Committee which I appointed to consider the traffic regulations of the River Thames have been constantly engaged upon the subject for the last four months. They have found it absolutely necessary, owing to the importance and difficulty of the subject, both to seek and to accept a large amount of evidence. All due despatch has been used, but I fear it will be impossible for the Report and additional evidence to be presented for some weeks without materially interfering with the advantage which I hope we shall derive from the investigations of this able Committee. I can, however, assure the hon. Gentleman that no time has been, or will be, lost in the matter.