April 11, 1916 (12th Parliament, 6th Session)


John Gillanders Turriff



What will be the function of Parliament in connection with railway charters? After the Railway Committee and the House have spent a lot of time over a Bill to incorporate a railway company, we are giving power to the Board of Railway Commissioners-and I do think it well to do it-to override everything that may be done by the Railway Committee or toy the House. This is an amendment that I am glad to support because I think it is a move in the right direction, but to carry it out to its logical conclusion, we certainly ought to allow the railway companies to go to the Secretary of State, instead of coming to Parliament, because Parliament, in so far as I can understand :it, will have nothing to do in connection
with the matter. The Bill gives power to the Railway Commissioners to override the action of Parliament.

Topic:   II, 1916
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