§ MR. KENNEDY (Westmeath N.)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether the attention of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction has been called to the fact that the directors of the Midland Great Western Railway Company of Ireland have reduced their rates for freight of coal between Dublin and Mullingar by rail to a rate per ton less than the tolls paid by boat owners to the same Company for each ton of coal carried on the canal; and whether the Department will; exercise its power of appearing before the Railway and Canal Commissioners to have the Canal tolls revised with a view to preserving for the public competition between the two lines of traffic.
(Answered by Mr. Wyndham.) Representations have been made to the Department in this matter and are at present under consideration.