HC Deb 18 July 1856 vol 143 c1031

said, he would beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it was the intention of the Government to give effect to the first recommendation of the Smithfield Site Committee, namely— That the best appropriation, for the general benefit, of so much of the site of Smithfield as reverts to the Crown, would be to adopt it for the enjoyment and recreation of the public"?


said, that at present no final decision had been come to by the Government with respect to the recommendation referred to. The Government was certainly disposed to give effect to the recommendation; but before coming to a final decision with respect to it they would have to confer with the Corporation of the City on the subject; for though the Government believed that the site formerly used as a cattle-market at Smithfield, to a certain extent, became re-vested in the Crown on the abolition of the market, yet it would be necessary to communicate with the Corporation of London before coming to a final decision.