HC Deb 06 April 1897 vol 48 c615
MR. F. A. CHANNING () Northampton, E.

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether any representative of the Board of Trade was present at the inquest held by the Cheshire coroner on Richard Carter, a fireman on the London and North Western Railway, who was killed by his head coming in contact with a bridge; whether any inquiry has been or will be held by an inspector or sub-inspector of the Board; whether representations have been made to the Board of Trade on any previous occasion as to the danger to life from this bridge, and whether the Board of Trade made any recommendations to the Railway Company, and with what result; and, having regard to the rider passed by the jury at the inquest that structural alterations should at once be made, what steps the Board of Trade will take in the matter?

MR. HANBURY (on behalf of Mr. RITCHIE)

No representative attended the inquest. The Coroner did not ask for an Assessor. An Inquiry by a sub-inspector was ordered as soon as the Return of the accident was received. The Board of Trade do not appear to have had any representations as to danger to life from this bridge. The attention of the Company has, no doubt, been directed to the rider of the Coroner's jury. Whether any communication should be addressed to them by the Board of Trade will depend upon the Report of the sub-inspector.