§ Mr. A. HERBERT
asked the Minister of Agriculture what is the maximum compensation payable for damage to a landholder or farmer for a fire caused by sparks from a railway engine?
§ Mr. NEAL
I have been asked to reply to this question. I am advised that there is no statutory limit to the amount payable by a railway company in respect of damage by fire caused by sparks emitted from a locomotive travelling on the railway if the damage is due to negligence in the construction of the locomotive or in its user. The Railway Fires Act, 1905, to which I would refer my hon. Friend, imposes a liability in certain cases up to £100 without proof of negligence.