HL Deb 27 January 1832 vol 9 cc973-4
Lord Ellenborough

was desirous to learn of the noble Lord, the Secretary for the Home Department, whom he saw in his place, whether his Majesty's Ministers intended to bring under the consideration of Parliament any plan for the improvement of the Municipal Police, according to the recommendation of his Majesty, in his last gracious, Speech from the Throne? Certainly something should be done to prevent the recurrence of such disgraceful disturbances as had occurred at Bristol and Nottingham.

Viscount Melbourne

said, that the subject was one of great difficulty, and had occupied the anxious attention of his Majesty's Ministers. A measure was now under consideration, which would be submitted to Parliament as soon as it could be matured.

Lord Ellenborough

would only observe, in reference to the noble Viscount's remark that his Majesty's Ministers had departed from the usual course, by recommending, in the King's Speech to Parliament, a measure, respecting which they themselves had not made up their minds.