§ Mr. ATKEY
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that great expense, inconvenience, and delay are still being experienced by traders in Nottingham owing to the present system adopted by the railways of allocating traffic; that Mr. A. Wright, timber and slate merchant, ordered a truck of slates from Bangor to Radford station on the Midland Railway; that they were delivered to the London and North-Western goods yard, Manvers Street, Nottingham, without any intimation or advice as to the change of destination; that this involved an extra cartage of two and a half miles and one and a half days' extra work; that Messrs. Hollis, Brothers, and Company, of Leicester, are now receiving from 798W Lowestoft a quantity of goods which the railway company insists on delivering to the Midland station instead of their own siding at the Great Northern depot, as ordered, thereby involving serious delay and expense and the employment of men and horses on unremunerative work; and when this state of affairs will be altered?
§ Sir A. GEDDES
The arrangements with regard to the allocation of railway traffic to particular routes are made in the general interest, and cannot, under present conditions, be safely discontinued. I am, however, looking into the particular grievances mentioned in the question, and will see whether they can be met.