HC Deb 28 May 1868 vol 192 c954

said, he would beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, What steps he proposes to take with regard to the Memorial addressed to him by the Vicar, Churchwardens, Medical Practitioners, and other Inhabitants of Barking, complaining of the state of the River Thames as dangerous to navigation and to the health of the inhabitants of Barking, and of all the towns below London, and praying him to instruct the Attorney General to apply to the Court of Chancery for an injunction against the Metropolitan Board of Works to restrain them from discharging the sewage of London into the River Thames?


said, in reply, that the Act of Parliament under which the sewage was discharged into the River Thames had received great consideration. The memorial to which his noble Friend had referred had only reached the Home Office within the last two or three days, and he had referred it immediately to the proper quarter. Up to the present he had got no answer, and therefore he was not prepared to say what steps would be taken.