§ MR. A. GRIFFITH-BOSCAWEN (Kent, Tunbridge)
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board if he will explain why no decision has yet been arrived at on the application made by several makers of traction engines to the Board to have new patterns of wheels legalised under the Light Locomotives Act of last year; and whether, although a considerable time has elapsed since this application was made, and considering the damage alleged to be done, especially on pavements, by the only existing legal pattern, the Board will legalise some improved pattern or patterns as soon as possible?
§ MR. T. W. RUSSELL
The Local Government Board have as yet only received applications for approval of one particular pattern of wheel under the Light Locomotives Act of last Session. The Board were anticipating that they would receive several applications of this character, and proposed to defer their Inquiry in to the subject until the different applications could be considered together. If, however, within a short period no further applications are made to the Board, they will proceed to consider the question as regards the one application which they have before them.