HL Deb 30 June 1864 vol 176 cc479-80

wished to call their Lordships' attention to the fact that a great social reform would take place that evening in the metropolis—that the longstanding grievance, not to say nuisance, of the metropolis, the metropolitan suburban tolls, ceased at once and for ever in the northern districts. This was no small boon to the public. He was old enough to recollect when a turnpike-gate interposed at Hyde Park, and also at the Marble Arch. Her Majesty's subjects might now travel from the heart of the City to the furthest extremity of the metropolis, without obstruction, and without being robbed, he might say, by the licensed tax gatherer. It had been his lot to present several memorials to the Government and many petitions to that House upon the subject; and he thought that great thanks were due to a noble Earl, not then in his place, for originating the movement for their abolition, and he begged to express his satisfaction that Her Majesty's Government carried out the recommendations of the Royal Commission that had inquired into the subject. He, therefore, asked the noble Earl the President of the Council, What arrangements Her Majesty's Government had made in substitution of the tolls to effect this improvement; and, secondly, whether every suburb of the metropolis was to enjoy the same liberty?


said, that he shared the satisfaction of the noble Lord at the great improvement that had been effected, but required time to obtain the necessary information required by the noble Lord. He would give the noble Lord a satisfactory answer on a future occasion.

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