HC Deb 16 March 1904 vol 131 cc1260-1
MR. NANNETTI (Dublin, College Green)

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether his attention has been called to the statement made at the meeting of the Dublin Port and Docks Board, that serious injury was being done to the Port of Dublin by the action of the Great Southern and Western Railway in giving preferential rates for goods sent to England via the Milford route; whether, in view of the promises made to; Parliament when amalgamation with the Great Western Railway of England was sanctioned with the Great Southern and Western Railway of Ireland, he will take such steps as will secure for traders a uniform rate over all routes by which goods or live stock may be despatched in Ireland to England, and vice versâ.


The matter appears to have been referred to a special Committee of the Port and Docks Board for consideration. The Great Southern and Western and Waterford and Limerick Railway Companies Amalgamation Act of 1900, contains special provisions for the protection of the Port of Dublin, in which it is provided that any disputes arising under these provisions shall be determined by an arbitrator appointed by the Board of Trade on application, as therein prescribed.


Are the railways carrying out their agreement made at the time of the amalgamation to give equal facilities to all parts of Ireland? Will the right hon. Gentleman see that that promise is carried out?


Under the Act, the company undertook to do certain things, and in the event of failure the matter has to be referred to an arbitrator.