§ MR. PINKERTON (Galway)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a Petition, influentially and numerously signed by the cesspayers, has been presented to the Grand Jury of County Antrim, praying that the Board of Trade would institute an inquiry int othe working of 875 the Electric Tramway from Portrush to Bushmills, and the inconvenience and danger to the public caused by it; whether such memorial was forwarded to the Board of Trade; and, if so, why no action was taken; and, whether it is a fact that the electric tram is running without either a Certificate from the Board of Trade or any published Table of Bye-laws?
§ * SIR M. HICKS BEACH
A Petition from certain cesspayers to the Antrim Grand Jury was communicated to the Board of Trade by the Grand Jury in April last. In order to satisfy themselves whether an inquiry would be desirable, the Board of Trade addressed a question to the Secretary to the Grand Jury on May 3, to which no reply has yet been received. The use of mechanical power was allowed by Act of Parliament, which also required that, before being opened, the line should be inspected and certified to be fit for public traffic. The line has been so inspected and certified. But if by bye-laws the hon. Member means regulations as to the use of mechanical power, the Company's Acts of Parliament do not appear to provide for the issue of any such regulations.