HC Deb 30 April 1906 vol 156 cc218-9
MR. ARTHUR STANLEY (Lancashire, Ormskirk)

To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether a considerable number of tolls are still imposed on roads and bridges in this country; and, if so, whether he will cause a Return to be prepared showing the places where such tolls are imposed and by what authority they are levied.

(Answered by Mr. John Burns.) Tolls are imposed on a certain number of roads and bridges, but I cannot state the precise number. As regards such a Return as that suggested, there might be some difficulty in obtaining correct information as to the legal authority under which the tolls are levied, and, at all events, the preparation of the Return would involve communication with some 1,800 local bodies. Legislation on the subject of these tolls would not be practicable now, and in all the circumstances it does not seem to be necessary that a Return should be obtained at the present time.