§ Mr. A. MOND
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the fact that the last Report of the Committee of the Board of Trade on the question of automatic couplings for railway trucks is dated the 1st June, 1908, whereas the statement by the French Minister of Public Works concerning the Boirault coupler was made in May, 1909, and the trials by the Swiss Federal Department of Posts and Railways took place in September, 1909, he will give instructions for a special Report to be made on the latter type of coupler and present such Report to the House?
§ Mr. H. J. TENNANT
I will take steps to obtain information in regard to the statement by the Minister of Public Works and the trials referred to by my hon. Friend. On receipt of this information I will consider whether it would be useful to call for a special Report on the type of coupler referred to.
§ Mr. W. P. BYLES
Can the hon. Gentleman hold out any hope to the House that this life-saving apparatus will shortly be enforced on the British railways?