§ Mr. JOHN DEANS HOPE
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that when, in accordance with Sub-section (3), Section 33, of the Railway and Canal Traffic Act, 1888, traders apply to the railway companies (particularly in Scotland) asking them to render an exact account as to how a specific rate is made up, they refuse to give this but render only an account of the maximum rate they are legally entitled to charge, the result being
that the advantage meant to be conferred on the trader by the statute is practically nullified, and traders have no option but to apply to the Railway and Canal Commissioners for an order on the railway companies enjoining them to supply the information; and whether, in view of this, he will take such steps as may be necessary for the better enforcement of the Act?
§ Mr. CHURCHILL
I believe it is the case that some railway companies, in analysing rates, show the maximum charges for each particular service, and the total difference between the sum total of such charges and the actual rate, without showing how much of the actual rate is attributable to each service. It is not for me to express an opinion on the legal question whether an analysis on this principle is in strict compliance with the provisions of the law, but if my hon. Friend will furnish me with details of any particular cases he has in mind, I shall be happy to consider whether there are any steps which I can usefully take in the matter.—[Publication of Question and Answer delayed.]