§ Mr. JOYNSON-HICKS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has considered the petition to His Majesty relating to the freeing of the Isleworth Bridge from toll, and which petition was by His Majesty's command referred to the Board of Trade in June last; and whether he can hold out any hope of being able to assist the petitioners, who are by reason of limited means unable to pay the toll, by freeing this the last toll bridge over the River Thames?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. Buxton)
I have carefully considered the petition with the view, if possible, of assisting the petitioners, but, as the hon. Member is aware, the Board of Trade have no jurisdiction in the matter, and I have found no means by which I 1646 could usefully intervene to secure the abolition of the statutory tolls for the use of this footbridge.