§ SIR EDWARD GREY (Northumberland, Berwick)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he intends to introduce a Bill this Session 1355 to give effect to the Report of the Committee on the Thames Watermen and Lightermen Bill of last year?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Sir M. HICKS BEACH, Bristol, W.)
The Committee of last year threw out a Bill for freeing the river. They have proposed, instead, a scheme which, after careful inquiry, I find appears to satisfy nobody. The Watermen's Company object to it, and complain that they were not heard by the Committee; and the Thames Conservators and the County Councils, apparently, do not want to have anything to do with the matter. Under these circumstances, I do not propose to introduce a Bill on the subject.