HC Deb 20 April 1860 vol 157 c2050

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether the consent of the Government is likely to be given to any proposition of the Corporation of the City of London to build over the site of Smithfield Market, whether for a Dead-Meat Market or for any other purpose? In 1856 a Committee was appointed to ascertain what would be the best appropriation for the general advantage of the metropolis of so much of the site as reverted to the Crown, and the opinion of that Committee was that the existing site of Smithfield should be kept free from buildings.