HC Deb 16 February 1894 vol 21 cc602-3
MR. M. AUSTIN (Limerick, W.)

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade what steps are to be taken on the Report of Major General Hutchinson, presented 10 this House, dealing with the excessively long hours of labour of the drivers and firemen in the employment of the Great Northern Railway Company, Dublin, varying, as it states, from 16 to 19 hours; and whether an inquiry will be held into the hours of the men employed in all parts of the line?


The hon. Member will find attached to the Inspecting Officer's Report to which he refers a formal letter addressed by the Board of Trade to the Railway Company, putting in force the powers of the Railway Regulation Act of this Session by calling upon the company for a revised Schedule of the hours of labour of the Dublin drivers and firemen, so as to bring those hours within reasonable limits. The Board also require a Return of the hours worked by the other drivers and firemen on the system.