HC Deb 12 June 1828 vol 19 cc1317-8
Mr. Alderman Thompson

said, that the butchers of the metropolis had intrusted him with a petition against the intended removal of Smithfield Market. The trade viewed this measure with great uneasiness, as it would occasion them considerable additional trouble and expense. The cost incidental to such a change must cause an increase of at least a penny per pound on all animal food sold in. the city. Should the subject be permitted to stand over till next session, he had no doubt the corporation of London would make application for a bill to remove the inconveniences now complained of.

Sir J. Yorke

said, it was absolutely necessary to alter the present system, if its effects were not much misrepresented. A document had been put into his hands, setting forth the expediency of this measure, but combining such nauseous details that he should not be surprised, what with the Grand Junction Water Company and this, to see a general vomit through the House. Father Thames was polluted by streams of putrid gore that never ceased disgorging their filth into its waters. From a regard, therefore, for the health and cleanliness of the city, he should be anxious to see the project now petitioned against carried into effect.

Colonel Trench

thought, that the present arrangements for slaughtering cattle were disgusting in the highest degree; and saw no reasonable objection to the introduction of the system so successfully acted on at Paris. He should be pleased to see the Milbank Penitentiary converted into an abattoir, as it seemed peculiarly eligible for that purpose.

Mr. Alderman Wood

deprecated any removal of the market as unuseful to the public and inconvenient to the trade.

Ordered to he on the table.