§ MR. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)
asked the First Commissioner of Works, Whether the Commissioners have any property, known as the Westminster Bridge Estate, and held by them in connection with the maintenance of Westminster Bridge; and, if so, of what that property consists, and what is the annual income derived from it.
§ THE FIRST COMMISSIONER (Mr. PLUNKET) (Dublin University)
The Westminster Bridge Estate consists of certain premises in Parliament Street and the neighbouring streets. It came into the possession of the Office of Works under the Westminster Bridge Act of 1853, which gave the Commissioners of Works power to sell the property and apply the proceeds to the construction of a new bridge. The income from the estate amounts to £5,172 a-year; but the capital value of the estate is much less than the capital value spent upon the bridge out of the moneys voted by Parliament.