§ Lord APSLEY
asked the Minister of Transport what has been the revenue from tolls on the Menai Bridge for each of the past 10 years, together with the expenditure for each year on the maintenance thereof?
§ Mr. PYBUS
The revenue derived from the lease of the Menai Bridge tolls for the five years to the end of 1925–26 only slightly exceeded the disbursements. The sums realised by direct collection of tolls during the five years to the end of 1930–31, and the figures of expenditure (including the cost of collection) were as follow:
Year. Receipts. Payments. £ £ 1927–28 … 13,058 … 3,288 1928–29 … 13,010 … 3,376 1929–30 … 13,737 … 3,581 1930–31 … 13,804 … 5,028
The payments cover current maintenance only, but the age and character of the structure indicates the need for accumulating a reserve fund to meet the ultimate cost of heavy renewals or reconstruction. The balances are, therefore, retained in a special fund for this purpose.