§ 63. Mr. RENDALL
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that a large amount of clerical labour is spent by railway companies in ascertaining, dissecting, and booking the exact mileage that each passenger and consignment of goods covers on a journey where more than one company's line is used; whether this work has any useful object whilst the State guarantee of dividends to the railway companies exists; whether the impossibility of discovering the mileage travelled on railways by an interavailable season-ticket holder is the main objection of the railway companies to the interavailability of such tickets; and, if so, will he overrule such objection in the national interest?
§ Mr. WARDLE
The first part of the hon. Member's question is based on incorrect assumptions, and the points raised in the latter part do not, therefore, arise.