HL Deb 27 April 1849 vol 104 c927

wished to know whether any measure affecting the health of the metropolis was in preparation, or when it would be brought forward? Seeing that London had been excluded from the operation of the general Bill of last year, it was the more necessary to have some information respecting this question.


said, the Bill of last year had especially provided for the appointment of two commissions with reference to the Metropolitan Commissioners of Sewers and the City of London. A great part of the works to be undertaken was to be executed and conducted under the management of local boards; and it was of great importance that everything which was undertaken should be maturely considered before it was entered upon. There was the question of house drainage—the question of the disposal of the refuse matter—the preservation of the River Thames from improper contamination. The supply of pure water to the metropolis was another subject which should necessarily come under consideration. With respect to the question of burials within the precincts of the metropolis, he hoped to be able to bring in a Bill on that subject during the present Session.


said, a proper sanitary system ought to be applied to the whole city of London, whatever might be the opinion of those supposed to be authorities on the subject.