HC Deb 26 March 1914 vol 60 c547

asked the President of the Board of Trade if railway companies, in making up their charges for demurrage of wagons, charge for Saturday as a whole day although they close their station-yard gates at one o'clock; that traders' employés are refused admission after that hour, and that, consequently, they are unable to clear the wagons although prepared to do so; and whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?


I am aware that Saturday is counted as a day for the purpose of calculating charges for demurrage of railway companies' wagons. Whether this is a reasonable method of charging appears to be a matter which can be decided by arbitration, on the application of a trader or a railway company, under the provisions of Section 5 of the Schedules to the Railway Rates and Charges Acts of 1891 and 1892.