§ MR. DE LISLE (Leicestershire, Mid)
asked the Secretary to the Board of Trade, Whether it is a fact that the Selby Railway Bridge was condemned as unsafe, six years ago, by the Board of Trade; who is responsible for its safety; and, whether there is any official 73 standard for measuring the distance between recognized insecurity and probable catastrophe?
§ THE SEOBETAEY (Baron HENRY DE WORMS) (Liverpool, East Toxteth)
I may at once let the hon. Member know that the North-Eastern Railway Bill of this Session takes powers to construct a new bridge in lieu of the existing bridge. The bridge at Selby was not condemned as unsafe six years ago by the Board of Trade, and the Company are responsible for its safety. I may add that by the Regulation of Rail ways Act, 1868, a certificate is required from the Company's engineer that the works are maintained in good working condition and repair, such certificate being published with the Company's half-yearly Reports.