§ MR. WILLIAM FIELD (Dublin, St. Patrick's)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether the Board of Trade will allow the Irish Railway Companies to attach passenger carriages to empty goods trains going to distant fairs all over the country, so that cattle dealers and others may be facilitated in travelling to carry on their business?
§ *THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Sir MICHAEL HICKS BEACH, Bristol, W.)
The number of mixed trains to be allowed on Irish railways in exemption from the terms of the Orders made under the provisions of the Regulation of Railways Act, 1889, is at present under the consideration of the Board of Trade. I have no doubt that a certain number of mixed trains will be allowed; but in the interests of public safety I cannot hold out any hope that the companies will be permitted to attach passenger carriages to all their goods trains.