HC Deb 06 July 1909 vol 7 cc1017-8

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware of the anxiety in Scotland caused by the recent proposal to amalgamate the three principal railway companies, and of the dissatisfaction of traders to the demurrage charges proposed by these companies; and whether, under these circumcumstances he will add to the Departmental Committee on Railway Amalgamations and Agreements some representative of the trading interests of Scotland in addition to Lord Hamilton of Dalzell?


I cannot undertake to enlarge the number of members of this Committee for reasons already stated in answer to questions in this House. One of the original members of the Committee has, however, resigned, and in filling the vacancy due weight is being given to the suggestion of my hon. Friend.


Can the hon. Gentleman say whether Lord Hamilton of Dalzell is a representative of the directors, or traders, or of the Board of Trade?


If we could get a representative of the three in one it would be ideal. Lord Hamilton is put on as a representative of the Board of Trade.