§ MR. FIELD (Dublin, St. Patrick)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he has received any official information to the effect that the carrying companies give preferential rates to foreign importers; whether he will instruct the Railway Department of the Board of Trade to inquire into and report upon this subject.
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. BONAR LAW,) Glasgow, Blackfriars
The answer to the first part of the hon. Member's Question is in the negative, and I may refer to the reply given by my right hon. friend the President of the Board of Trade on the 19th of last month† to a similar Question addressed to him by the hon. Member for Dundee. The Railway Department of the Board of Trade are at all times prepared to investigate any specific complaints of the nature referred to.