§ 60. Mr. C. BATHURST
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the opinion recently expressed by the chairman of the Great Eastern Railway Company, at the half-yearly meeting of its shareholders, to the effect that it was unwise for railway companies to impose upon agricultural produce the additional 4 per cent, levied as from last July upon other merchandise; and, if so, whether, in view of the deterrent effect upon agricultural enterprise throughout the country caused by the imposition 1593 of this fresh burden, the Board of Trade will put pressure upon the railway companies to reduce their rates upon such produce to their former level?
§ Mr. C. BATHURST
Do the right hon. Gentleman and his Department share the views expressed in this respect of the Noble Lord (Lord Claud Hamilton)?
§ Earl WINTERTON
Will the right hon. Gentleman give sympathetic attention to this matter, in view of the utterances of the Chancellor of the Exchequer?
§ 61. Mr. SANDYS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is now able to communicate the reply of the railway companies to the Milk Trades' Committee with reference to the increase in railway rates?