HC Deb 01 August 1889 vol 339 cc51-2
MR. J. E. ELLIS (Nottingham, Rushcliffe)

I beg to ask the right hon. Gentleman the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the Report of General Hutchinson, dated 21st May, 1889, respecting a fatal accident to a passenger between Perth and Carlisle, on the 19th February, from her head coming in contact with a post office letter pouch, and the statements of General Hutchinson that there are 600 of these mail pouches suspended up and down on the railways, and that— The existence of a heavy obstruction, weighing, if full, about half a hundredweight, and hanging, if motionless, from eight to 13 inches (and closer if oscillating) from the side of a carriage, just above the level of the head of a passenger leaning out of a carriage window, is certainly most dangerous, he has made any communication to the Railways and Post Office on the subject; and, if so, with what result?


Certainly, Sir. On receipt of General Hutchinson's Report I at once caused a communication to be addressed to the Post Office as regards the arrangements to be adopted to avoid the risks referred to in the Question. I am informed that the matter, which is by no means free from difficulty, is receiving the most careful consideration of the Postmaster General.