HC Deb 06 May 1886 vol 305 cc364-5
SIR GUYER HUNTER (Hackney, Central)

asked the Chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Works, Whether his attention has been called to the serious accidents which are frequently occurring through the defective and dangerous condition of the Tramway metals in the London streets; and, whether the time has not arrived when some responsible officer should be charged with the duty of frequently inspecting the numerous Tramway routes in the Metropolis?

THE CHAIRMAN (Sir JAMES M'GAREL-HOGG) (Middlesex, Hornsey)

My attention has been called from time to time to accidents attributed to defects in the condition of tramway metals; but I am not aware that, generally speaking, they are either defective or dangerous. The streets of the Metropolis are under the control of the Vestries and District Boards, who have their properly qualified and responsible surveyors; and I do not see the necessity of appointing a special officer to discharge the duty of inspecting tramway routes.