§ On the occasion of the second reading of the Corn bill;
The Earl of Suffolk
alluding to the Paddington Canal bill expected from the commons, said the present system of the corn market was a very bad one, and tended to support monopolies. The corn exchange, or market, was by no means large enough; there were but few places for the exhibition of samples; and these being in the hands of a few individuals, a great opportunity for monopoly was evidently afforded. He would therefore recommend the erection of a large and more commodious corn exchange in room of the present one, and also the establishment of another corn market, in the vicinage of Paddington. The same observations would nearly apply to the supply of the metropolis with coals, and to the present coal exchange; towards ameliorating which he should propose to the house, early in the next session, some propositions, the general object of which he had just stated.