§ MR. J. A. SMITH having seen an ad- 538 vertisement in some of the morning papers to the effect that the Home Secretary had given his permission to the presentation of a petition relative to the poor-laws at the Home Office, accompanied by a large procession of persons, wished to know from the right hon. Baronet whether that were really the case?
§ SIR G. GREY had seen an advertisement professing to proceed from Mr. Charles Cochrane, and stating that an address was to be presented at the Home Office, accompanied by a very large assemblage of people, and adding, much to his surprise, that Secretary of State had considerately declared that he would offer no opposition to such a mode of proceeding. That allegation was totally without foundation; for, three weeks ago, Mr. Cochrane had been told that no address to Her Majesty could be received by the Secretary of State, if accompanied by a large number of person. The Police Commissioner had received instructions, which he was prepared to carry into effect, to prevent such a procession proceeding through the streets, to the hindrance of business and the injury of trade.
§ House adjourned at Three o'clock until the 1st of May.