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Vauxhall Bridge. Present condition of Vauxhall Bridge, Williams 1172--Original cost of this bridge, ib. 1174--Annual expense of the repairs, ib. 1175--Gross receipts, ib. 1176, 1177. 1184-1187.-See also Crystal Palace.

Vauxhall Bridge Company. The original proprietors receive no interest on their capital, Williams 1173--Number of shares; their value; amount of dividend paid on them, ib. 1178-1182-Amount of debt of the company, ib. 1191-1195.


Walton Bridge. Particulars as to the building of Walton Bridge, Wilson 1499-1506. 1526-Amount of traffic, ib. 1507, 1508-Extent to which the bridge is avoided, ib. 1509-1512-Present revenue of the bridge, ib. 1513-1516-Extension of the neighbourhood of Walton and Weybridge now in progress, by building ib. 1524, 1525. Walker, James. (Analysis of his Evidence.)-Particulars as to witness's acquaintance with the subject of bridges, 357-362-The existing bridge accommodation of the metropolis is less than is requisite, 363-365-The immediate remedy for the evil is to throw open the present toll-paying bridges, 366-371. 400, 401-Favourable opportunity now offered for purchasing these bridges, 372-A rate levied within a certain radius would be the best method of raising the purchase money, 373. 375.

Expediency of the City purchasing Southwark Bridge, 374-The fairest manner of assessing the sum to be paid for the different bridges would be to throw them open for a year, to ascertain the traffic, 376-379-A bridge opening into Trafalgar-square is much to be recommended, 380-Eligibility of the approaches to Southwark Bridge, 381-383- Basis upon which a valuation should be made of the toll-paying bridges, 384-391--The limited navigation of the Seine renders the erection of bridges easier than over the Thames, 392, 393--Witness does not acquiesce in Mr. Jones's proposal that the companies should throw open the bridges for a year, and so lose the year's revenue, by way of experiment, 394-399---London Bridge could not be widened, as suggested, without destroying its architectural beauty, 402, 403--This bridge has the greatest amount of traffic, 404, 405--The throwing open Southwark Bridge will relieve the inconvenience more than that of Waterloo, 405-409. 430.

Manner in which the approaches to Southwark Bridge are capable of improvement, 410-414. 417-427--Relative steepness of Southwark, Blackfriars, and Westminster Bridges, 415, 416--Desirableness of improving the communication through the Borough from Waterloo Bridge, 428, 429.

Walker, Joshua. (Analysis of his Evidence).-Is a director of Southwark Bridge, 996Amount which the bridge cost, 997-999--The traffic in the eastern part of the metropolis would be much facilitated by making the bridge free, 1000--Alterations would be required in the approaches, 1001-1003--Plan of alteration witness would recommend, 1004-1007--No estimate has ever been made of the expense of carrying out these alterations, 1008, 1009.

Walton. See Coal Duties. Taxation.

Waterloo Bridge. It would not improve matters to make Waterloo Bridge free, as long as the route is so intricate through Southwark, Laing 33, 34. 57-59--Decrease in the value of the bridge; probable disinclination of the inhabitants of the metropolis to submit to a rate for its purchase, Jones 161-173--Witness would prefer a new bridge at Charing Cross to purchasing this bridge, Maclean 462-467-Increase of late years in the revenue of the bridge, Plews 823-826--Sum expended in the construction of the bridge, ib. 839-844- -Waterloo Bridge would admit of five times the present amount of traffic without any inconvenience, ib. 895-903--Particulars as to the cost of the bridge, Powell 933-939. 955--Money raised at different periods for defraying the same, ib. 940-943. 956-959.

Foundations. Frauds.


See also Borough, The. Bridge Traffic. Negotiations. Passengers. Southwark Bridge. Taxation. Tolls. Valuation. Waterloo Bridge Company. Distinction to be drawn between the shareholders and creditors of Waterloo Bridge, Plews 814. 819-822--Injury done to the latter class by this inquiry, ib. 814. 869-871--Explanation as to the manner in which the liabilities of the company arose, ib. 815-819. 909-911--Particulars as to the governing body of the company, ib. 845-848- Manner in which the meetings of the shareholders are constituted, and their proceedings conducted, ib. 849-853--Income and expenditure, ib. 854-860--This inquiry rather injures the value of the shares, ib. 863-865Amount of debt due to the annuitants, ib. 866-868--The shareholders' interest would rise in value if the committee reported in favour of its purchase, ib. 876-878--The annuitants or creditors would be fairly entitled to an equal participation with the share


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Waterloo Bridge Company-continued.

holders in the purchase money, Plews 878-882--Difficulty of purchasing the creditors' interest in Waterloo Bridge, ib. 887-889-State of the debts and liabilities of the company, Powell 923-932--Per-centage payable on the annuities, ib. 944-947Distribution made of the annuities amongst the shareholders, ib. 948–954– -Particulars as to the receipt and expenditure of the company, ib. 975-981; App. p. 154. Wellington, Duke of. Copy of the answer of the Duke of Wellington to an application by a Mr. Cope on the subject of abolishing tolls on the metropolitan bridges, Powell 984. Westminster Bridge. A contract having been entered into for rebuilding this bridge, the Committee do not consider it within their province to report upon it, Rep. p. iii---Inconvenience occasioned at Westminster Bridge by the traffic to the railway termini, ib. iv. See also Bridges. Government Departments. Tenders. Traffic.

Williams, John. (Analysis of his Evidence.)—Is a director of Vauxhall Bridge, 1171—— Present condition of the bridge, 1172--The original proprietors receive no interest on their capital, 1173--Original cost of Vauxhall Bridge, 1174--Annual expense of the repairs, 1175—-Gross receipts, 1176, 1177. 1184-1187--Number of shares, and their value; amount of dividend paid on them, 1178-1182--The opening of the Crystal Palace will produce a favourable influence on the receipts of Vauxhall Bridge, 1188-1190--Amount of the company's debt, 1191-1195.

Wilson, Edward. (Analysis of his Evidence.)-Particulars as to the building of Walton Bridge, 1499-1506. 1526-Amount of traffic, 1507, 1508-Extent to which the bridge is avoided, 1509-1512--Present revenue, 1513-1516-The inhabitants of Walton are favourable to a tax, such as the coal tax, for removing the tolls from all the bridges, 1517-1523--Extension of the neighbourhoods of Walton and Weybridge now in progress by building, 1524, 1525.

Woodward, Reverend Charles. (Analysis of his Evidence.)-Resides at East Moulsey, -Hampton Court Bridge toll falls with peculiar hardship upon the poorer classes, and also upon workpeople, 1807--It diverts money from charitable and educational uses, as the money is spent in toll which would otherwise be applied to those purposes by persons who are oblige to cross the bridge to go to church, 1807-It acts also as a tax upon all food brought over the bridge, 1807-Witness apprehends that the railway company have the power of making another bridge, 1807.

Woods and Forests. See Taxation.

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Luna, 20° die Februarii, 1854.

Ordered, THAT a Select Committee be appointed to examine into the System under which Public Houses, Hotels, Beershops, Dancing Saloons, Coffee Houses, Theatres, Temperance Hotels, and Places of Public Entertainment, by whatever Name they may be called, are Sanctioned, and are now Regulated, with a view of Reporting to this House whether any Alteration or Amendment of the Law can be made for the better Preservation of Public Morals, the Protection of the Revenue, and for the proper Accommodation of the Public.

Committee nominated of,

Mr. William Brown.

The Judge Advocate.

Sir George Goodman.
Sir George Grey.
The Earl of March.

Sir John Pakington.

Mr. Beckett.

Mr. Barrow.

Mr. Gregson.

Lord Dudley Stuart.
Lord Ernest Bruce.

Mr. Packe.

Mr. Sotheron.

Mr. Lowe.
Mr. Ker Seymer.

Ordered, THAT the Committee have power to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.

Ordered, THAT Five be the Quorum of the Committee.

Jovis, 13 die Julii, 1854.

Ordered, That the Committee have power to Report their Opinion and Observations, together with the Minutes of Evidence taken before them, to The House.

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