Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 11, 1693-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1803.
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Lunæ, 21 die Januarii;
Sexto Gulielmi Tertii.
Preventing Export of Wool.
A PETITION of divers Gentlemen and Clothiers of Reading and Newberry, in the County of Berks, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Decay of Trade is such, occasioned, as they conceive, by the Exportation of Wool, and the many Abuses of the publick Market of Blackwell-hall, that, unless some speedy Care be taken therein, it will be the utter Ruin of the poor Labourers in the Woollen Manufactures; many Clothiers having been forced to lay down their Trades already: And praying Relief in the Premises.
Ordered, That the Examination and Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee to whom the Bill for the better preventing the Exportation of Wool, by altering the Penalty; and for the Preservation of the publick Market at Blackwell-hall; and for Relief of the Workmen employed in the Woollen Manufactures in Payment of their Wages; is committed.
Compelling the production of Sir P. Pindar.
A Petition of Edward Williams Esquire was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That there is now depending in this House an ingrossed Bill, from the Lords to compel the Petitioner to bring forth the Person of Sir Paul Pindar Baronet; whereby it is enacted, That the Petitioner shall produce Sir Paul to the Lord Keeper before the 15 Febr. 1694, or that the Petitioner shall be adjudged a Felon: To which Bill the Petitioner was not heard by the Lords: And praying to be heard by the House.
Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table until the Bill be read a Second time.
The said Bill was read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed to Sir Thomas Clarges, Mr. Newport, Mr. Freeman, Mr. Lutterell, Mr. Chetwyn, Mr. Fenwick, Mr. Dolben, Mr. Thornhaugh, Mr. Gray, Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Harcourt, Mr. Methwin, Mr. Lloyd, Sir Ra. Dutton, Sir Jos. Tredenham, Sir Wilf. Lawson, Mr. Wilmot, Mr. Christie, Sir Hugh Owen, Mr. Mitton, Mr. Cocks, Mr. Shackerly, Sir John Kay, Mr. Stonehouse, Sir John Moreton, Sir William Whitlock, Mr. Kenyon, Mr. Price, Mr. Fuller, Mr. How, Mr. Mountague, Mr. Hawtry, Sir Cha. Keymish, Mr. Cook, Sir Arth. Owen, Mr. Gwyn, Mr. Pit, Mr. Pigot, Mr. Jennings, Mr. Nicholas, Mr. Waller, Mr. Kinaston, Mr. Tilney, Mr. Culliford, Lord Coningsby, Mr. Burdet, Mr. Boyle: And they are to meet To-morrow at Four a Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chambers: And are impowered to send for Persons, Papers, and Records.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee, to whom the said Bill is committed.
A Bill for the more effectual Raising and Recovery of Rates for Repairs of Churches was read a Second time.
Resolved, That the Bill be committed, upon the Debate of the House, to Mr. Brewer, Sir William Lemon, Mr. Dolben, Mr. Christie, Mr. Cook, Mr. Chase, Sir Tho. Clarges, Mr. Wilmot, Sir Cha. Bloys, Mr. Bartie, Sir Harry Hobart, Mr. Hawtry, Mr. Mansell, Mr. Lowther, Mr. Hobby, Mr. How, Mr. England, Sir John Barker, Mr. Pelham, Mr. Waller, Mr. Pollen, Sir Jerv. Elwes, Mr. Lutterell, Mr. Stonehouse, Mr. Freeman, Mr. Fenwick, Sir John Kay, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Harcourt, Mr. Bowyer, Mr. Pigott, Mr. Gee, Mr. Hungerford, Mr. White: And they are to meet To-morrow at Four a Clock in the Afternoon, in the Speaker's Chambers.
Duties on Paper, &c.
Ordered, That the Committee, to whom it is referred to consider of the Act passed the last Session, intituled, An Act for granting to their Majesties several Duties upon Vellum, Parchment, and Paper, . . . Four Years, for carrying on the War against France; and of the Doubts and Complaints relating thereunto; have Leave to sit in the Morning, before the Sitting of the House.
Dying Trade, &c.
A Petition of the Dyers, Setters, Callenders, Tilletpainters, Pressers, and Packers, living in and about the City of London, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That formerly Perpetuanas and Serges of all Sorts received their full Manufacture here, before they were exported; whereby his Majesty's Customs for Indico, Madder, Logwood, and other Materials used in the Dyeing-Trade, is very considerable; and many Thousands of People, depending on the said Artificers, received their whole Livelihood: That, of late Years, Foreigners, and others, for their own private Gain, have exported the said Commodities from hence white, to be finished beyond Seas; to the Ruin of some Thousands of Families depending wholly upon that Employment; and the Discouragement of the Planters of English Woad, Would, Madder, and other Things used in the Dyeing-Trade: And praying, That the Exportation of Perpetuanas and Serges white, and not fully manufactured, may be prohibited, or some Mulct or Increase of Custom may be laid thereupon, that the Dyeing-Trade may be encouraged.
Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the grand Committee for Trade.
Ordered, That the said Committee do consider of the Duties upon all Dyers Wares.
Ordered, That the said Committee do also consider of the Book of Rates.
Call of the House.
The Order of the Day for the Call of the House; and that such Members as shall not then attend, not having Leave to be absent, be sent for in Custody of the Serjeant at Arms attending this House; being read;
Ordered, That the Call of the House be adjourned until this Day Sevennight, Eleven a Clock.
Ways and Means.
Sir Thomas Littleton, according to . . . Order of the Day, reported, from the Committee of the whole . . . . . ., to whom it was referred to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for carrying on the War against France with Vigour, the Resolution of the said Committee; which they had directed him to report to the House; and which he read in his Place; and afterwards delivered in at the Clerk's Table: Where the same was read; and is as followeth; viz.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That, towards the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for carrying on the War against France with Vigour, for the Service of the Year 1695, there be applied the Sum of 300,00 l. per Annum, for the Term of Five Years, out of the Duties arising by virtue of the Act of Tonage and Poundage passed this Session of Parliament.
The said Resolution being read a Second time;
Resolved, That the House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution, That, towards the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for carrying on the War against France with Vigour, for the Service of the Year 1695, there be applied the Sum of 300,000 l. per Annum, for the Term of Five Years, out of the Duties arising by virtue of the Act of Tonage and Poundage passed this Session of Parliament.
Ordered, That a Bill be brought in, pursuant to the said Resolution: And that Mr. Solicitor-General do prepare, and bring in the same.
The House, according to the Order of the Day, resolved itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for carrying on the War against France with Vigour.
Mr. Speaker left the Chair.
Sir Thomas Littleton took the Chair of the Committee.
Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair.
Sir Thomas Littleton reported from the said Committee, That they had made a further Progress in the Matter to them referred; and had directed him to move, That they may have Leave to sit again.
Resolved, That this House will, upon Friday Morning, next, resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the Supply to be granted to his Majesty, for carrying on the War against France with Vigour.
Ordered, That all Committees be adjourned.
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow Morning, Nine a Clock.