§ MR. CHANNING (Northampton, E.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether, considering the verdict returned at the Coroner's inquest upon the four passengers killed at Carlisle Citadel Station on 4th March, in which some of the jury unanimously expressed the opinion that— 968The London and North-Western Railway Company incurred a very grave responsibility in using a brake of such an uncertain and unreliable character;and having regard to the fact that the driver of the train stated that it was the same pipe out of which a foot of ice was taken when his brake failed at Northampton last year when driving the same engine, he will refer the whole question of brake failures to a Departmental Committee of scientific and practical experts; and whether the Report of Colonel Rich upon this accident will be laid before the House?
§ *SIR M. HICKS BEACH
Until I have received and had time to consider the Report of the Inspecting Officer appointed to inquire into the accident I am not in a position to make any statement. The Report will be ready in a few days, and I will at once present it to the House.