§ MR. WEIR
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Board of Trade if he will ascertain to what extent the four soldiers who were injured at the Gomshall Station on the South Eastern Railway on February 20th, 1904, through an engine becoming derailed, have been compensated; and, in view of the report of the inspecting officer, will he state what action has been taken by the railway company to prevent similar accidents.
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. BONAR LAW,) Glasgow, Blackfriars
I am informed by the railway company that the crossing at which the accident in question occurred, and which is referred to in the report of the inspecting officer, was at once replaced, and that the Reading branch of the railway has been and is now undergoing renewal. The compensation to the passengers injured in the accident is not a matter with which the Board of Trade have to deal, but I may say that the company have stated that each of the injured men was compensated to his satisfaction.