HC Deb 31 July 1857 vol 147 cc812-3

said, the First Commissioner of Works had stated on the previous day that by the Nuisances Removal Act there was no power to prevent the noxious trades to which allusion was then made being carried on; and he wished now to ask Whether there is not full power, under the Act 16 & 17 Vict., c. 128, s. 1, to prevent any trade occasioning noxious effluvia in the metropolis above London Bridge, without using all practicable means for counteracting such annoyance to the neighbourhood?


said, by the Act to which the hon. Gentleman referred power was given to the Secretary of State to direct information to be laid against persons carrying on noxious trades within the limits of the Metropolis, but there was a Bill passed last Session which, after reciting that power, provided that no proceeding should be taken under the said Bill against other nuisances than smoke, unless it should appear that the local authorities had failed to take proceedings for the suppression of such nuisances. He understood that the local authorities concerned in the nuisances to which the hon. Gentleman called the attention of his right hon. Friend the First Commissioner of Works on the previous evening were the vestry of Lambeth, and the First Commissioner had brought the subject under their notice.