HC Deb 21 March 1838 vol 41 c1123
Lord Worsley

moved, that the Common Fields Improvement Bill be read a third time. He stated, that the object of the Bill was to provide for the enclosure of patches of waste land in the midst of arable fields, which obstructed the progress of improvement.

Sir E. Sugden

said, it appeared to him that the Bill would authorise the enclosure of every common in England, even Hampstead-heath; and he, therefore, would recommend that, like the former, the Bill be withdrawn. The noble Lord's purpose, which he admitted to be a legitimate one, required a bill of a very different kind. It was wrong to attempt to remedy a particular mischief by a general enactment.

Mr. Wakley

observed, that a Committee would be required for the express purpose of investigating the merits of the various enclosure Bills so constantly brought before the House. Proposals were constantly brought before the House, which, if acceded to, would close up every common in England. He was convinced that this was one of that class, and should, therefore, move its postponement until the appointment of some such Committee.

Third reading postponed.