HC Deb 13 September 1887 vol 321 cc488-9
MR. CHANNING (Northampton, E.)

asked the Secretary to the Board of Trade, Whether, having regard to the practical difficulties of complying with the Circular as to separate carriages for ladies, and to the dangers to passengers generally in the present system, he would urge on the Railway Companies the advisability of their voluntarily providing for all passenger trains efficient means of communication between the passengers and the servants of the Company in charge of the train, such as they were now compelled, under Section 22 of the Act of 1868, to provide for trains which travelled more than 20 miles without stopping?

THE SECRETARY (Baron HENRY DE WORMS) (Liverpool, East Toxteth)

, in reply, said, he had only just received the Question of the hon. Member. He was not prepared to admit the accuracy of the first part of the Question—namely, that there were practical difficulties in complying with the Circular issued by the Board of Trade to Railway Companies as to separate carriages. He had no information to that effect. With regard to the suggestion in the second part of the Question, he thought, in the absence of the receipt by the Board of Trade of the answers to the Circular, it would be premature on the part of the Department to suggest at present any further means for the safety of passengers.