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Liberty and LocalityParliament, Permissive Legislation, and Ratepayers' Democracies in the Nineteenth Century$
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John Prest

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201755

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201755.001.0001

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1848–1858: Radicals, Palmerstonians, and Protectionists

1848–1858: Radicals, Palmerstonians, and Protectionists

5. 1848–1858: Radicals, Palmerstonians, and Protectionists
Liberty and Locality

John Prest

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the passage of the Local Government Act of 1858, which abolished the General Board of Health. The drafting of a Bill to amend the Public Health Act of 1848 in such a way as to make it possible to abolish the General Board was begun in 1857 by Palmerston's stepson, W. F. Cowper, who had succeeded Sir Benjamin Hall as President of the Board of Health. The new Act, which came into force in September 1858, was known as the Local Government Act. The Act enabled the localities to continue to take advantage of the powers contained in the Public Health Act of 1848 in the new circumstances which would exist when the General Board was finally abolished.

Keywords:   Local Government Act, General Board of Health, Public Health Act, W.F. Cowper, Benjamin Hall

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