§ * MR. HUDSON (Newcastle-on-Tyne)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will insist upon all railway companies giving in Returns of working hours of servants asked for as continuous, 867 where any interval of rest is less than eight hours between the actual time of starting and finishing duty.
§ MR. LLOYD-GEORGE
If the Returns referred to are the periodical Returns obtained under the Regulation of Railways Act, 1889, I may say that instructions are given that the length of a period of duty is to be reckoned from start to finish, no deduction being made for intervals of rest. These instructions are printed with the Return issued for March, 1905. In Returns obtained in dealing with complaints under the Railway Regulation Act, 1893, the companies are similarly required to show the total hours.