called the attention of their Lordships to a Correspondence with the Home Office, beginning in 1867, relative to the overcrowding of a churchyard in Derbyshire. The noble Lord, having described the insanitary condition of the burial ground of this parish, said, he believed that the state of things disclosed in that Correspondence would have become impossible if 697 the Burial Bill introduced by Her Majesty's Government in 1877 had passed through Parliament; and he could not but think that the two Houses might easily come to an arrangement which would lead to the passing of a good Burial Bill and to a discontinuance of such scandals as now existed in connection with some of our churchyards.
§ EARL BEAUCHAMP
said, he quite concurred with the noble Lord in the regret he had expressed as to the measure of 1877 not having become law. With regard to the Correspondence, the earlier portion of it was not forthcoming; but he was able to assure the noble Lord that steps had been taken to mitigate the evil in respect of the Derbyshire churchyard to which he had called attention.
§ House adjourned at half past Five o'clock, till To-morrow, half past Ten o'clock.