§ Mr. Windsor
asked the Minister of Transport whether he has considered the request from the Selby Chamber of Trade requesting him to expedite a settlement between the West and East Riding County Councils with reference to the freeing of the Selby toll-bridge and its being replaced by a new bridge; and whether he has any statement to make on the matter?
§ Mr. Burgin
Yes, Sir. I have offered to acquire the tolls and rebuild the existing bridge if the local authorities concerned will contribute 40 per cent. of the cost of the tolls and 25 per cent. of the cost of the new bridge. The county council of the East Riding of Yorkshire have offered, subject to certain conditions, to contribute half these sums, but I very much regret that the county council of the West Riding have declined to help. I propose to leave my offer open for the present, but I have no power to compel its acceptance.