§ MR. CHANNING (Northampton, E.)
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether the Board of Trade have as yet made any orders on Railway Companies, under section 32 of "The Railway and Canal Traffic Act, 1888," requiring them to furnish additional statistics in their Returns to the Board of Trade; and, if so, on what subjects such statistics have been ordered?
§ * THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Sir M. HICKS-BEACH,) Bristol, W.
The Railway Companies have been very much occupied in regard to the schedules of classification and maximum rates to be prepared under the Act of last Session, and the Board of Trade have not at present called for any additional Returns under that Act. I undertook, however, in reply to a Question from the hon. Member in December last, to deal with Returns as to couplings early this year. The matter has been under my attention, and I shall be glad to confer with the hon. Member as to the most desirable form to be adopted.