HC Deb 02 August 1836 vol 35 cc759-60
Mr. Pease

wished to know whether any Bill would be passed this Session, or, if not, would be introduced next Session, to enable towns that desired to be incorporated to have corporations granted to them.

Lord John Russell

said, that he had such a Bill in preparation, but that some of the points in it requiring consideration, he found it necessary to postpone it till next Session.

Sir Robert Peel

said, that by law, the Crown possessed the power to grant Charters of Incorporation. Why had not that principle been adopted in the Municipal Act, so as to avoid the necessity of bringing in a new Bill on the subject?

Lord John Russell

said, that there were many legal impediments to prevent the introduction of the principle into the Municipal Act, One great objection was on, the score of expense, to avoid which a new and separate Act, was required. One of the objects of the new Bill was to enable any new corporation granted by the Crown, or created by this Act, to dissolve, if he might use the expression, some of their local Acts of Parliament, which in many of those towns would be inconsistent and incompatible with such powers as would be given to them under the new Charters of Incorporation.

Subject dropped.