HC Deb 04 July 1906 vol 160 c10
MR. J. HOPE (Fifeshire, W.)

To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the increase of the use of motor-cars on the highways, and the fact of the Law allowing these locomotives to proceed with only one man in charge, will he consider the advisability of removing the present restriction which requires a third man to walk or run in front of traction engines, seeing that the cost of this man is a tax on agriculturists when employing these engines for threshing and other purposes.

(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) My right hon. friend has asked me to reply to this Question. The requirement referred to is prescribed by Statute, and consequently could only be altered by legislation. I have caused the point to be noted, but it would not be practicable for the Government to propose legislation on the subject during the present session.