HC Deb 18 July 1864 vol 176 c1623

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, When the provisions of an Act of Parliament, which received the Royal Assent on the 28th of July, 1863, intituled "An Act for the better Regulation of the Traffic in the Streets of the City of London, and for the prevention of obstructions therein," are likely to be carried into effect; whether Colonel Fraser, the City Commissioner of Police, did not several months ago send in a proposed set of Rules, Orders, and Regulations, approved of by the City Law Officers, for the approbation of the Secretary of State, and what has been the cause of so long a delay?


replied, that he had previously stated the cause of the delay in bringing these traffic regulations into operation. Colonel Fraser had no authority in the matter, but the Court of Aldermen, having power by law to make regulations for the traffic, had transmitted to him, through the town clerk, some months ago, a series of regulations which they had made, in order that they might receive his sanction. He had referred those regulations for the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown, who reported that some of them were in excess of the powers vested by law in the Court of Aldermen. He had accordingly sent them back, and on Tuesday last he received, through the town clerk, a revised set of regulations, which appeared to be free from all legal objection. He had, therefore, given them his sanction, and they would at once come into operation.