§ MR. WEBSTER (St. Pancras, E.)
asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether, in view of the fact that mixed trains, composed of passenger and goods carriages, are a source of danger to the public and to those employed by the Railway Companies, from the increased risk in the composition of such trains, of their either breaking loose or the breaking of axles, and also from the difficulty of stopping them conveniently at the platforms, he proposes to make it obligatory on Railway Companies to minimise such danger to the public and the Companies' servants by having continuous brakes fitted on all trains composed of waggons and carriages?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE BOARD (Baron HENRY DE WORMS) (Liverpool, East Toxteth)
The Board of Trade have no authority to impose upon Railway Companies the use of any particular form of brake. The matter referred to by the hon. Member is one of much im- 1178 portance and of no little difficulty; but I can promise him that the subject shall receive careful consideration.