HC Deb 08 September 1909 vol 10 cc1454-5W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that at the recent Board of Trade railway conference, the representatives of the railway companies offered to amend owners' risk conditions by making themselves responsible for goods sent by merchandise train not delivered within 28 days, for perishable goods sent by passenger train delayed more than 48 hours beyond the ordinary time of delivery, and for milk sent by passenger train delayed more than 24 hours beyond the ordinary time of delivery; will he say what action he proposes to take with a view to a reasonable revision of owners' risk conditions; and whether he will take steps, by legislation or otherwise, to have company's risk rates fixed at figures representing a reasonable insurance on the goods carried additional to owners' risk rates?


I am aware of the recommendations of the Railway Conference with regard to the conditions attaching to the carriage at owners' risk, and am in communication with the Railway Clearing House on the subject. I am not, however, in a position to say what action will ultimately be taken in the matter.