§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he has received a Copy of Resolutions adopted by the Town Commissioners of Dungannan, in regard to the recent railway disaster at Armagh; whether it is a fact that, upon the 518 miles of railway worked by the Great Northern Company, only 23 miles are worked upon the block system; whether the Company has a single engine or carriage fitted with a brake fulfilling the requirements of the Board of Trade; whether the railway regulations, as compiled by the Board of Trade, stipulate for a brake van at the end of each train, and if it be a fact that this regulation is not carried out by the Great Northern Company in the case of the limited mail trains between Derry and Dublin; and, whether the Board of Trade, in view of the recent disaster, 393 intend to take any steps to compel this Company to carry out the regulations?
§ * SIR M. HICKS BEACH
The answer to the first two paragraphs of the hon. Member's question is yes. The company has no engine or carriage fitted with a brake fulfilling the requirements of the Board of Trade. One of the precautions recommended in the working of railways is that there should be a brake vehicle with a guard in it at the tail of every train, but the Board of Trade have no power to enforce this precaution.