§ MR. J. CUMMING MACDONA (Southwark, Rotherhithe)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board, whether he is aware that a petroleum motor, owned by the Hon. Evelyn Ellis, which won the first prize in the 791 recent horseless carriage race between Paris and Bordeaux, has since then travelled in this country from Micheldever to Datchet, a distance of 56 miles, in five and a-half hours, at a cost of one halfpenny-worth of petroleum per hour, carrying four persons all the time. And whether, in view of the fact that this new and cheap motor might be made use of by the farmers and others in bringing their produce to their markets at an extremely reduced rate, he will consider the desirability of repealing the Locomotive Act of 1865, so as to admit of petroleum and electric motors being more extensively used in our country?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. HENRY CHAPLIN,) Lincolnshire, Sleaford
The subject of motors for horseless carriages is one to which my attention has been drawn, and it is my intention to carefully consider it in connection with the Bill which was introduced last Session by my predecessor.