§ MR. WRIGHTSON (Stockton-on-Tees)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he has now ascertained that a County Court summons, returnable on the 14th of August, has been issued by a solicitor of the North Eastern Railway Company against the North of England Pure Oilcake Company, of Stockton-on-Tees, for the recovery of £19 9s. 10d., the amount being solely for increased rates on seed from Hull to Stockton since 1893, representing an addition to the rates which ruled before that year of 5d. per ton, and which has been deducted from the Railway Company's invoices during that period pending the settlement of the Railway Rates question; and whether he will make any representation to the Railway Company on the subject?
§ MR. BRYCE
Yes, Sir; I understand that a summons was issued; but after representations made by the Board 241 of Trade, the Railway Company have written to the Registrar asking that the action may stand over till the next Court day, which will probably be some time in October, ere which date I hope the Bill now before the House will have become law. I am glad that this result has been brought about.