HC Deb 26 July 1894 vol 27 cc998-1000

Bill, as amended, considered.

MR. A. C. MORTON (Peterborough)

begged to move the following clause:— It shall not be lawful for the Company to take or demand on Sunday or any bank or other public holiday any higher rates or charges than those levied by them on ordinary week-days. He said he was pleased to say the Bristol Tramways Company had met him, and had agreed to accept the clause, with the addition of the words "without the consent of the Corporation" after the word "lawful." The Company had met him in a very friendly way. Tramways had proved to be of great use in this country, but he thought these extra fares on Sundays and holidays ought not to be allowed. He did not think the addition which he had accepted would injure his object, which he had always pursued with regard to other Tramway Companies. He was only following out a course which affected all the tramways of the United Kingdom. He was pleased to say that at the present moment he had got this clause inserted in all the Tramway Bills which had come before the House, and he thought the Tramway Companies had been wise in meeting his views. He would now simply move the clause, with the addition of the words he had mentioned.

Clause brought up, and read the first time.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Clause be read a second time."

MR. TOWNSEND (Bristol, N.)

said, he believed the clause would meet the requirements of the citizens of Bristol. The clause in its amended form was necessary so as to enable the Company to obtain the consent of the Corporation to charge higher fares on occasions when large agricultural or other shows were held in the city, when there would be many thousands of people, and when the imposition of the extra fares would be for the public interest and convenience.


said, he had only to say that if the clause, as amended, had been proposed to the Committee on Unopposed Bills it would have been accepted. He had now no objection to the clause.

SIR M. HICKS-BEACH (Bristol, W.)

said, he understood that the Company had no desire to exercise these powers; but he agreed with his hon. col- league (Mr. Townsend), that there might be exceptional occasions when the Corporation should have this suspensory power, such as, for instance, as he had said, during the holding of agricultural shows.


Under the circumstances, the Board of Trade are entirely in favour of the arrangement arrived at, which, I think, is one that the House might fairly sanction for the convenience of all concerned.

Clause agreed to.

Bill to be read the third time.

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