HC Deb 30 March 1847 vol 91 cc616-7

, in pursuance of the notice he had given, rose to move for leave to bring in a Bill for the more effectual suppression of trading in seduction and prostitution, and for the better protection of females. He assured the House that he deeply felt the difficulties with which the subject was surrounded, and his own inability to do justice, to it. He could have wished to have left it in abler hands—in the hands of those who could have brought to its aid the weight of influence and authority. He might perhaps be asked why, if these were his real opinions, he had ventured to bring the matter under the consideration of the House? He felt that he had for such a question a complete answer. There existed in the metropolis an association which counted amongst its members, its council, and its vice-presidents and presidents, some of the highest and noblest in the land—


, interrupting the hon. Member, said: Mr. Speaker, I rise to order. The details which the hon. Member is about to enter into in his speech, upon this subject, must, of necessity, be so unfit for publication, that I must beg to call your attention to the fact that there are strangers in both the galleries.


immediately ordered strangers to withdraw, and the debate being carried on with closed doors we are unable to give any report of it. The result was that leave to bring in the Bill was given, and it was brought in and read a first time.

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