§ MR. WEIR
To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that His Majesty's Consul at Prague, in his Report just issued on the trade of Bohemia for the year 1901, calls attention to an invention for protection against accidents on electric tramway systems where the overhead trolly system is in use; and will he consider the expediency of calling the attention of electric tramway authorities to this invention by circular or otherwise.
496 (Answered by Mr. Gerald Balfour.) The attention of the Board's electrical adviser has been called to the Report in question. He informs me that several inventions of the kind referred to have been brought to his notice, but that he has seen none which can be considered better than the system of guard wires, the provision of which is at present required in this country where the presence of telegraph or telephone wires: is likely to involve risk of accidents.