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HOUSE OF LORDS, FRIDAY, JUKE 30. ROYAL COMMISSION. The royal assent was given this day by commission to the folio vvm°' acts ;— i ale oi eatii xiai^way Bill, anu Oswesuj Markets and Fairs Bill, ItKALTH OF TOWNS BILL. Lord Campbell rose to move the second reading of the Health of Towns bill. This was a measure that was more particularly iur the lower orders of society. It might be most prüperJy caiked the Poor Man's bill (hear, hear). It would not be doubted that many of the causes of disease wei-e'Lilliiet- the COH- u'iu of legislation and lie would, Lridiy show the effects of ov er-crowding, tilth, and bad ventilation in two counties—one agricultural and the other manufacturing. In W estmoreland, tdki.ig a population of 10,000, twenty-three per;,out:i died of epi- d-e• ni j diseases, whilst in i_*aiicasiiire the propoit>on was irit^-five to i0 di)0. In the former county the deaths from diseases of tile respiratory organs were forty-seven in. 10,000, and in the lazier seveiity-tliree in the same number. The noble and è;ú1eù lurd thou went into a comparison of the state of health in «ji agricultural union in Lancasnire, and a manufacturing Üld¡) in the same county—the union of TTverstone and the u .ion of Liverpool, which showed that the average rate of mor- dancy was much higher in the latter place. The Duke of Buccleuch gave his cordial assent to the bill, M he thought had been delayed too long. The Earl of Devon made a few observations, which were not he <rd in thv gallery. Lord Foreman thought the country must feel greatly indebted tv :Ue present Mini.-try for bringing forward so excellent a measure—one which would be productive of the greatest good to the whole community. The Bishop of Oxford begged to call the attention of the Government to the 74th and 75th clauses of the bill, which r<-avc authority to the loer>l boards to shut up burial-grounds within towns" They might do this for their own interests if thev were proprietors of a burial-ground outside the town. Hei"(,vhl therefore mqgest that the consent of ike bishop should 0i> obtained before they eould do so He also thought that the power.given to the local boards with respect to the rights of j,he poor to paro^uial sepiiitiire suouid be mouihed. Lord i!eties..ale hoped that sufficient time would be given to consider the bill before it wae committed. The Duke of Argyll concurred in the opinion of the utility ahil value of & sanitary bill. He therefore hoped its provisions would be cxtCl led to Scotland, no plec stood more in need of it tluii Glasgow una the old town of Edinburgh. (bear)., Lord Campbell said that the observations of the right rev. prelate would be considered by the Government. The same reason that existed for not applying the provisions of the bill to the metropolis existed with regard to Scotland. The bill was then read a second time and ordered to be com- mixed on Friday next. The House then adjourned.

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