HC Deb 17 May 1888 vol 326 c531
MR. SYDNEY GEDGE (Stockport)

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether, having regard to the vast population within the district of the Metropolitan Board of Works (the proposed limits of the County of London), he would object to that area being divided into two counties, one for the north side of the River Thames, and another for the south side; or whether he would consent to the business, both civil and criminal, arising on the north side of the River Thames and that on the south side of the River being transacted by separate authorities and officials?

THE PRESIDENT (Mr. RITCHIE) (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)

Her Majesty's Government would not be prepared to assent to any proposal that the Metropolis should be divided into two counties, or that the business of the County Council of London arising on the north and south sides of the Thames should be transacted by separate Authorities.