HC Deb 08 August 1872 vol 213 c697

asked the hon. Member for Walsall, Whether, as Chairman of the Select Committee of Public Petitions, his attention has been called to the statement made in this House respecting a Petition from Sheffield, presented on May, in favour of the Permissive Bill; and, whether he considers it a genuine Petition?


, in reply, said, he had made inquiries respecting the Petition referred to, and he was glad to assure his hon. Friend that the Petition was genuine and exceedingly well-signed, though it was no doubt characterized by the informality that the signatures of the clergy and gentry had been cut out and placed on a separate sheet.