§ MR. JORDAN (Clare, W.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that the Great Northern Railway Company (Ireland) attaches the through Londonderry carriage to the Belfast Limited Mail at Portadown, behind the guard's van and at the end of the train; if the company has been remonstrated with and refused to make any change; and if such action is in contravention of the regulations of the Board of Trade; and, if so, will he take steps to have the matter remedied?
§ BARON H. DE WORMS (for Sir M. HICKS BEACH)
I have communicated with the company upon the subject of the hon. Member's question. They state that a through carriage from Londonderry to Dublin is run by the train from that city which connects at Portadown junction with the Limited Mail from Belfast to Dublin. For convenience in working, and to prevent delay, this carriage is attached behind the train at Portadown, and the entire train (including the Londonderry carriage) is fitted with the automatic vacuum brake. With this arrangement, the Board of Trade have no power to interfere.