§ MR. WEIR (Ross and Cromarty)
To ask the President of the Board of Trade, 120 in view of the dangers arising from the practice of tow-roping, will he consider the expediency of representing to the railway companies throughout the Kingdom the desirability of a discontinuance of the practice.
(Answered by Mr. Gerald Balfour.) One of the rules framed by the Board of Trade under the Railway Employment (Prevention of Accidents) Act, 1900, provides that, after twelve months from the coming into operation of the rules, tow-roping shall not be allowed, except in cases where no other reasonably practicable means can be provided for dealing with the traffic. This rule has been confirmed by the Court of the Railway and Canal Commission, and will now be formally made and become operative