Motion made, and Question proposed—
That it be an Instruction to the Committee to whom the Public Health and Nuisances Removal Amendment Bills are referred, to hear Counsel on behalf of such Petitioners as have prayed to be heard by Counsel.
§ Member for Southwark, which he hoped the House would agree to.
§ Amendment proposed, to leave out from the word "referred" to the end of the Question, in order to add the words "to hear two Counsel upon each class of Petitions praying to be heard by Counsel."
§ Question proposed, "That the words proposed to be left out stand part of the Question."
§ MR. T. GREENE
said, he should oppose both the Motion and the Amendment. The Committee would act with entire impartiality, and hear all the evidence that could be brought forward on both sides, and he therefore trusted the House would not agree to either proposal, as the appearance of counsel would only have the effect of lengthening their proceedings to an indefinite extent, and would do no good.
§ MR. SPOONER
said, he should support the Amendment, because the Bill meddled in a most extraordinary way with very great interests, who ought to be heard before it came out of the Committee. He suggested that the original Motion should be withdrawn. The Amendment would be sufficient to quiet the doubts and fears of parties out of doors with regard to the Bill.
§ Amendment and Motion, by leave, withdrawn.
Motion made, and Question put—
That it be an Instruction to the Committee to whom the Public Health Bill, and Nuisances Removal Amendment Bill, are referred, to hear two Counsel upon each class of Petitions praying to be heard by Counsel.
§ The House divided:—Ayes 18; Noes 48: Majority 30.
§ The House adjourned at half-past One o'clock, till Monday next.