§ A petition was presented from the city of London on the subject of Mock Auctions.
§ Mr. Alderman Waithman
stated that this petition was of some importance. The subject had been before the house last session, and also a former session; it had undergone discussion in a committee of the House, and he believed the abuses stated in the petition were fully established. The committee had recommended a bill to be brought in, but there were difficulties in the way of it. Being a money bill, it could only be brought in with the consent of his majesty's ministers. He thought it would be proper to refer the petition to a committee, consisting of the members of the city of London, of Surrey, and others more particularly interested in the matter. In the mean time he moved that the petition do lie on the table—Ordered.