62. Mr. CHANCELLOR
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a letter has been circulated among the Members of the House of Commons, addressed to Lord Headley by Mr. Balfour Browne, K.C., stating that some such scheme as that advocated by Mr. Gattie is essential if in the future the railway shareholders are to have any dividend, the traders the expedition and cheapness of carriage which they must have, and labour receive an adequate wage; and whether, in view of this statement, he will institute an inquiry into the matter?
Sir A. STANLEY
I have seen a copy of the letter referred to. I explained to a deputation in November last, when the hon. Member was present, my views as to the impracticability of any useful inquiry into Mr. Gattie's main scheme in present circumstances.
I asked as to the advisability of making inquiries and not of carrying out the programme. Is there any objection to making inquiries, so that when the War ends something may be done?
§ Mr. BILLING
Is it not the fact that the only reason why inquiry is not made is on account of the influence which vested interests have on the Government?