§ MR. TUITE (Westmeath, N.)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the high percentages of increase on the carriage of goods on the Midland Railway of Ireland to Float Station, as compared with the rates charged previous to 1st January, 1893, still continue; and whether he can see his way to use his influence with the Midland Company to return to the old rates?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. MUNDELLA, Sheffield, Brightside)
The Board of Trade have been in communication with the Midland Great Western Railway Company, and have received a letter from the manager, which I shall be happy to show the hon. Member. It states, in effect, that there are increases and decreases in rates as compared with the period prior to 1st January, and that some increases became necessary upon the revision in order to get rid of a preferential rate formerly enjoyed by certain traders.