§ MR. WOODS
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether, with a view of reducing the number of accidents and cases of excessive overwork on railways, he will on an early date appoint Sub-Inspectors for the purpose of inquiring into and reporting on such cases to the Board of Trade; and, if so, whether he will consider the advisability of making such appointments from the ranks of the railway service; and if he is aware that at the present time in France these appointments are made?
§ MR. MUNDELLA
At present such inspection as the hon. Member refers to is not necessary for the carrying out of the Act of the present Session, and I am 475 assured that for all other purposes the existing staff is sufficient. The position in France is different, as French railways are largely owned by the State. Should occasion arise for further staff I shall not hesitate to apply for it.
§ MR. CHANNING (Northampton, E.)
May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he has not received representations on this subject from organised bodies of railway servants; and whether his predecessor at the Board of Trade did not give a sympathetic answer to a deputation on this very subject?
§ MR. MUNDELLA
I am not aware of any assurance given by my predecessor. There have been representations made to the Department, and they are receiving careful consideration.
§ MR. CHANNING
On the first available opportunity next Session I shall draw attention to this question.