§ SIR JAMES WHITEHEAD (Leicester)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he can furnish the House with information as to how far the Railway Companies have proceeded with their revision of rates; whether he can give an assurance that the traders and agriculturists of the country may rely on the old rates being in the main not exceeded; and whether he can name the time when he will nominate the Special Committee, and give the terms of the Reference?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. MUNDELLA, Sheffield, Brightside)
I am in communication with the Secretary of the Railway Association, and I expect to receive from them some time next week a letter 1716 stating the progress which has been made in the revision of the rates of January 1. I shall be obliged, therefore, if my hon. Friend would put his question to me again on Friday next.