§ MR. HUDSON
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether there was a clear understanding from the railway companies in the year 1900 that after the ordinary course of life of the dead-buffered waggons then in existence they would be replaced by the modern type of spring-buffered waggons; whether he is aware that during the past two years the London and 1034 North Western Railway Company have built several new dead-buffered waggons and placed them in traffic; and whether he will now consider the further increased danger of longer trains and heavier loads of engines, with a view of asking the railway companies to abolish this class of buffer on their rolling stock.
§ MR. KEARLEY
The Board of Trade are in communication with the London and North Western Railway Company on the subject of my hon. friend's Question and will inform him of the result in due course.