HC Deb 13 June 1843 vol 69 cc1444-5
Lord R. Grosvenor

wished to ask the right hon. Gentleman the Secretary for the Home Department whether it was the intention of Government to take any steps for the abolition of interments in the metropolis, and in what manner they meant to proceed with respect to the bill of the hon. Member for Lymington.

Sir J. Graham

was bound to say, that after having given his best attention to the bill of the hon. Member for Lymington, he was not prepared to give the measure his support. He must also say that the subject to which the noble Lord had called his attention was one of very great importance, and one of extreme delicacy and danger. He was not satisfied that the practice of interment within the metropolis was inconsistent with the health of the inhabitants—that fact was by no means demonstrated. It was much to be desired that in providing a remedy due regard might be had to the feelings of the inhabitants of the metropolis, and that none should be adopted which was inconsistent with the interests of the poorer classes of society. A very elaborate report had been prepared on the subject, which he hoped in a short time to lay on the Table of the House, but he could not hold out the hope that Government could introduce any measure during the present Session.

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