said, he rose to ask the President of the Board of Trade, If the Secretary of State for the Home De- 898 partment did not, early in the Session of 1864, promise the House that stringent Clauses for the protection of life and property should be immediately drawn up and inserted in all future Waterworks Bills; and whether such Clauses have been drawn up and inserted in Waterworks Acts since passed; if not, the reason why?
§ MR. MILNER GIBSON
, in reply, said, he was not aware of any such promise having been made, but early last Session his right hon. Friend (Sir George Grey) stated that a draught of a Waterworks Bill was prepared. He introduced the Bill, and it was referred to a Select Committee, whose inquiry closed so late in the Session that no satisfactory legislation could take place. In accordance, however, with the recommendation then made, another Bill had been prepared, and he hoped shortly to introduce it.