§ MR. O'MALLEY (Galway, Connemara)
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he can slate why the Vale of Rheidol Light Railway Amendment Order, which was applied for in May, 1901, and, after a local inquiry in October, 1901, by the Light Railway Commissioners duly made, has not yet been confirmed by the Board of Trade, and when the Confirmation Order will be signed; and will he take steps to prevent similar delay in future.
(Answer.) There has been no unnecessary delay in this case. The Order in question was submitted to the Board by the Light Railway Commissioners on the 21st March last, and, after the usual interval for the lodging of objections, a hearing took place on behalf of the Department. The Board found it necessary to ask for further information with the view of satisfying themselves as 1358 to the financial aspects of the undertaking, and the promoters have since been informed that the Order will be held in abeyance until the line already authorised has been reported on by one of the Board's inspecting officers. —(Board of Trade.)