§ 63. Mr. BARNSTON
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?
§ Mr. BURNS
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.