§ MR. ROSE (Cambridgeshire, New-market)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway are sinking a well adjacent to their railway at Carshalton with the intention of pumping water for the supply of their stations in London, and that the result of this action will be seriously to lower the level of the River Wandle, to deprive the mills situate on that river of the water power on which they rely for carrying on their trade, and seriously to endanger the health of a large district; and what steps he proposes to take in the matter.
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. KEARLEY,) Devonport
The matter would not appear to be one in which 1101 the Department have authority to intervene, but I have communicated with the railway company, and have received a reply of which I am sending my hon. friend a copy. I may say that the company, relying upon expert advice, state that there is no possibility that their borings will have the results feared.