§ MR. SCHWANN
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he has now inquired into the case of J. Cavanagh, who lost his life in December last at the Oldham Road Goods Yard of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company in Manchester; whether he will ascertain if any, and what, improvements can be made in the working of the capstans by applying treadles, better lighting, or otherwise, with a view of lessening the loss of life in that yard; and would he inquire how many accidents have happened in that goods yard during the last five years, and the nature and cause of each accident?
THE FIRST COMMISSIONER OF WORKS (for the PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE)
My right honourable Friend has been in communication with the company on the subject referred to by the honourable Member, but has not yet received their reply. Until he does it is not possible for him to say what steps (if any) can be taken in the matter.