HC Deb 09 February 1870 vol 199 cc110-1

said, he would beg to ask the Vice President of the Committee of Council on Education, Whether the Government have determined that there shall be a Foreign Cattle Market in the Metropolis, in accordance with the wishes which were urged during the last Session; and, whether a site has been fixed upon?


The only answer, Sir, I can give the Question of the noble Lord is, that the Government have endeavoured fully to carry out, not merely the wishes expressed last Session, but the Act that was passed last Session. The noble Lord, no doubt, is aware that the question of the metropolitan market was left by the Act in this way. It was left to the Corporation to have power to make such a market; but, if it was not made to the satisfaction of the Government by the end of next year, then the Corporation of London were to lose certain advantages, and especially what I may call their market monopoly. Consequently no duty has been incumbent upon the Government except the duty of keeping in communication with the City authorities. I can only say that I have lost no time as regards the performance of that duty. I have been in frequent and constant communication with the City authorities, and have every reason to believe that they will undertake the work which has been imposed upon them. The Corporation referred the matter to the Market Committee; I am not sure whether that Committee has reported to the Corporation or not, but the decision of the Corporation on that report has not been come to, although I expect it will be made within a very few days. If the noble Lord renews his question in a few days, I daresay I shall be able to inform him what will be the site.

THE QUEEN'S SPEECH—The Address in Answer to the Queen's Speech.

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