§ MR. W. THORNE (West Ham, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that the Great Western Railway Company, in defiance of their statutory obligations, refused to carry bicycles as excess luggage by the two daily Cornish express trains from 13th to 26th April, 1908, inclusive; and whether he will give instructions for separate accounts to be kept for passenger fares received by such trains, with a view to refusing a certificate of exemption from passenger duty on the third-class passenger receipts.
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Mr. HOBHOUSE,) Bristol, E.
I have no information as regards the first part of the Question. The exemption in favour of fares not exceeding a penny a mile is statutory and I have no power to withhold it.