§ MR. JOHN ELLIS (Nottinghamshire, Rushcliffe)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he will inform the House as to the steps taken by the Board of Trade, under the powers conferred by the Railway Employment (Prevention of Accidents) Act, 1890, particularly as to the making of rules under Section 1, and the appointment of persons, holding inquiries, and making experiments under Section 15.
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The rules which the Board of Trade propose to make have been drafted, and the notification in reference to these rules required by the Act appeared in the London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Gazettes, of Tuesday, the 23rd April. Two assistant inspecting officers of railways were added to the staff of the Railway Department in January last, and both these officers and the other officers of the Board's inspecting staff have continued to direct attention to causes of accidents to railway servants, and inquiries have been held where necessary. No experiments under Section 15 have been made at present.