HC Deb 26 June 1884 vol 289 c1398

asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether it is intended to proceed with the Railway Regulation Acts Amendment Bill; and, if so, whether he will be prepared to make such modifications therein as will meet the objections of traders to its provisions relating to terminals and appeals?


, in reply, said, that the prospects of a Bill seriously opposed at the end of the Session were not very hopeful. At the same time, he did not altogether despair of being able to make progress with the measure referred to. He did not know what alteration of the Bill would give satisfaction to all traders, because they entertained different views on the subject. Some of them desired that the Bill should go forward in its present form, while there were others who proposed modifications. All he could say was that he thought it was a fair subject for discussion, and he should be prepared to give full consideration to any Amendment that might be proposed on either side. In the meantime, it was only fair to say that the proposals of the Bill, in his opinion, went as far as they could fairly do in justice to the Railway Companies and their shareholders.