§ MR. HOWARD (Middlesex, Tottenham)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the excessive and dangerous overcrowding of the morning and evening suburban trains running on the Great Eastern Railway to and from the Liverpool Street Station, and to the insufficient and inconvenient exits provided for the passengers at many of the local stations; whether he will obtain a Return of the average excess number of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class passengers respectively conveyed by such trains; and whether he can take steps in future to remedy the inconvenience and danger complained of?
§ *THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Sir M. HICKS BEACH,) Bristol, W.
No, Sir; my attention has not been specially directed to overcrowding in the morning and evening trains on the Great 1844 Eastern Railway, and the General Railway Acts do not give me any power of dealing with it. I have, however, communicated with the Company, from whom. I have received a letter, of which, if he wishes it, I shall be happy to send the hon. Member a copy. In this letter the Company say that they have spent, or are spending, sums amounting' to over £1,750,000 in the accommodation of their suburban traffic, and add that, if the hon. Member will specify the local stations of which he considers the exits inconvenient, they will communicate with him.