HC Deb 13 February 1871 vol 204 c162

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he intends to introduce this Session a Bill for consolidating in one all the Sanitary Acts, and giving better means of Local Government to every place in England and Wales outside the Metropolis, under a Central Department, as recommended, and to a great extent prepared, in the Report of the Royal Sanitary Commission?


, before answering the Question, said, he was anxious, on the part of the Government, to thank the right hon. Baronet and the other Royal Commissioners, for the great care and labour they had bestowed on this important inquiry, and the special pains they had taken to facilitate legislation in respect to it by the careful analysis they had made of the complicated laws on the subject. Through the right hon. Baronet's courtesy he received a draft of the Report before it was presented to Parliament; but at a late period of the Recess, when every Department was busily occupied in making arrangements for the approaching Session. The several Departments, however, connected with the administration of the sanitary laws were giving their close attention to the subject, and if the right hon. Gentleman would wait for about three weeks he would find that the labours of the Royal Commission had not been in vain.