HC Deb 22 June 1852 vol 122 cc1203-4

Order for Third Reading read.


said, he must object to proceeding with the Bill at so unseasonable an hour. The Bill was called the "Pimlieo Improvement Bill," but it was in reality a Bill to carry out the private views of certain interested parties at the expense of the public, and that, too at a period of great distress, and when the country was groaning under the continued imposition of an odious income tax. He had ventured to raise his voice against the job of removing the Marble Arch, and he had been told that that object would be effected without any cost to the public. Old birds, however, were not to be caught with chaff, and it appeared that a very large sum of money had been exhausted in the removal of the fright. Then there was the National Gallery, upon which the public had lavished so large an amount of treasure; and what a miserably ludicrous spectacle it presented! He objected to this system of picking the pockets of the public by what were termed public improvements.

Bill read 3°, and passed.

The House adjourned at a quarter after One o'clock.