§ MR. WARDLE (Stockport)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the contribution of railway companies for 1907 to ratepayers' associations and muncipal alliances amounting to £336 19s. 9d., to labour protection associations £35, to the free labour association £341 13s.; and whether he intends to take action, under Section 17 of the Act of 1844, to restrain these companies from making these contributions.
§ MR. CHURCHILL
I am aware that the amounts mentioned by the hon. Member were contributed by certain railway companies during 1907, but I do not think that I could usefully take any action in the matter under the statutory provision referred to.