§ MR. MARSHALL HALL (Lancashire, Southport)
To ask the Secretary to the Board of Trade if he will direct the attention of the inspector appointed to hold the inquiry into the Hall Road accident to the following facts, viz.: that the local Hall Road train timed to leave Liverpool at 6 p.m. is due at Hall Road at 6.18, and the express train to which the accident occurred leaves Liverpool at 6.10 and is due at Southport at 6.37; and whether the inspector will be directed to report whether, having regard to the relative rate of speed of the two trains, sufficient time is allowed to the local train at. Hall Road to shunt into the siding before the express passes through; and how many seconds are allowed by the company's time tables to each stopping train on the Southport and Liverpool branch at intermediate stations for the purpose of setting down and taking up passengers.
(Answered by Mr. Bonar Law.) The timing of these trains does not seem to have any direct bearing on the accident referred to, but I will bring my hon. and learned friend's Question to the notice of the inspecting officer who is holding the inquiry.