HC Deb 15 February 1866 vol 181 c508

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether it is the intention of Her Majesty's Government to propose, early in the present Session, any additional legislation with regard to the Sewage of large towns?


said, that the Government did not entertain any such intention; for this reason—in the course of last Session an Act was passed giving municipal and local authorities power to acquire land, and other facilities in respect of sewage, and a Commission was also appointed to inquire into the state of rivers in the United Kingdom including the effect on them of sewage of towns. Until some experience had been obtained of the operation of that Act, and until a Report had been received from the Commission, the Government did not think it expedient to propose any further legislation on the subject.