§ SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he has approached the various railway companies upon the subject of wagons and trucks being labelled on both sides, and provided with brake levers on each side, as favoured by him in reply to a deputation in November last?
§ THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. C. T. RITCHIE,) Croydon
Yes, Sir, the Board of Trade attach importance to the labelling of wagons and trucks on both sides, and also to the provision of brake levers. They have directed the attention of railway companies to these subjects in the past, and will do so again as opportunity offers. The companies make little difficulty in putting such labels on their own wagons, but they are not responsible for private owners' wagons. The information in possession of the Board shows that many companies have adopted, and that others are adopting, levers on both sides of their wagons.