Excerpt from The South African Mining Journal, Vol. 26: Part II., March 3, 1917
Your committee cordially approve of the recommendations of the report - (a) An impartial committee shall be set up to secure fair and impartial treatment to British traders by British shipping companies, shipowners and home railways; (b) that a definite policy With regard to the improvement and extension of the canal system of the United Kingdom should be formulated; (c) that shipping companies should be prohibited from charging higher rates of freights from British ports than from any North European ports. Your committee have, as will be remembered, expressed their agree ment with clauses (b) and (c), and desire to urge upon members most strongly the desirability of supporting these recommendations wherever opportunity serves. It seems to your committee that one practical method of dealing with part of this subject would be '1'hat railway companies be compelled to divide up and enter in their rate books all through rates on imported goods, so that the actual rates in respect of the inland carriage should be known. Your committee contend that were this condition enforced the publicity thereby afforded would in due course prevent preferential rates being given to imported goods. Goods in pre-war times shipped from Hamburg via Harwich to Bath or Dublin, were carried at a lower rate than goods sent from London to these towns, and similar anomalies might be quoted showing the unfair handicaps under which British traders laboured With respect to the rates charged on the home railways.
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