Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 85, 1830. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London.
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Martis, 6 die Julii;Anno 1° Willielmi IV ti Regis, 1830.
Accounts, &c. presented: Hides. No. 603.
THE House being informed that Mr. Crafer, from the Treasury, attended at the door, he was called in; and at the bar presented to the House, pursuant to their Orders-An Account of the number and weight of the Hides imported in each of the five years ending with 1815; the rates of Duty payable on such Hides, and the Revenue annually derived from the same; specifying the Countries whence the Hides were imported, with the quantities brought from each;-also, a similar Account for the five years ending with 1829.
Cinnamon, Mace, &c. No. 604.
An Account of the quantities of Cinnamon, Mace, Nutmegs and Cloves, Cayenne and other Pepper, respectively, entered for home consumption; the rates of Duty on such articles; and the Total Revenue derived from each in each year, since 1810.
Tobacco. No. 605.
An Account of the quantity of Tobacco, manufactured and unmanufactured, imported into Great Britain and Ireland, from the British Possessions in Asia, Africa and America, in the year 1829; distinguishing the quantity received from each and in what proportion, Foreign or Colonial;-also, the gross amount of Tobacco imported, in the year 1829, into Great Britain and Ireland; distinguishing the quantity of Snuff and of Segars, and whether Foreign or Colonial.
Spirit Duties (Ireland.) No. 613.
Copies of all Letters or Orders from the Treasury, or Board of Excise, directing any demand to be made of any additional Duties on Spirits on or after the 15th day of March last, which additional Duties had not been previously authorized by law;-also, Copies of all Letters addressed by any Officer of Excise to any Trader, demanding any additional Duty on Spirits sent into consumption on or after the 15th day of March last.
Spirits exported and imported. No. 606.
An Account of the quantity of Spirits imported into England from Ireland and Scotland, entered after 15th March last, and of the amount of additional Duty demanded and received thereon; distinguishing the Irish from the Scotch Spirits.
Soap and Candles. No. 607.
An Account of the amount of Revenue received from the product of the Duties on Soap and Candles in Great Britain severally, during each of the five years, ending on 1st January last past; specifying the rates of Duty on each of those articles, and annexing thereto the amount of the Drawbacks paid on the export of those articles to Ireland, and Foreign Countries, severally, and the Ports from which the same were exported; and also, stating the time allowed for payment of the Duties, and the re-payment of the Drawback.
Prosecutions by the Treasury. No. 608.
A Return of all Prosecutions during the reigns of his late and present Majesty, either by ex-officio Information or Indictment, under the direction of the Attorney or Solicitor General, for Libels or other Misdemeanors against individuals as Members of His Majesty's Government, or against other persons acting in their official capacity, conducted in the department of the Solicitor for the Affairs of His Majesty's Treasury.
Newspaper Stamps. No. 609.
Almanacks and Pamphlet Duties. No. 610.
Forest Boundaries. No. 611.
Return to an Order of the House, dated the 18th day of June last, for a detailed Account of the Expenses incurred by the several Commissioners appointed, during the last twenty-five years, to ascertain the Boundaries, to encourage the growth of Timber, or to settle disputes relative to property within the New Forest, Windsor Forest and other Royal Forests.
Londonderry Bridge. No. 612.
Lord Mount Sandford's Estate Bill, reported, and passed.
Mr. King reported from the Committee on the ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act to enable the Devisees under the last Will and Testament of the Right honourable Henry Lord Mount Sandford, deceased, to make Leases of the Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments, lately in the possession of the said Henry Lord Mount Sandford, and devised by his said Will; and also, to enable the said Devisees to execute a Conveyance to the Rector of Kilkevan of a certain Piece of Ground situate in the Parish of Kilkevan, and County of Roscommon; That they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and that the Parties concerned had given their consent to the Bill, to the satisfaction of the Committee; and that they had gone through the Bill, and had directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment:-And the Bill was read the third time.
Holyhead Roads Bill, reported.
Sir Henry Parnell reported from the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill to alter and amend several Acts for the improvement of the Roads from London to Holyhead, and from London to Liverpool, and for the further improvement of the said Roads, the Amendments which they had made to the Bill; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.
Gwyn's Estate Bill, reported.
Sir George Hill reported from the Committee on the ingrossed Bill from the Lords, intituled, An Act for establishing, and carrying into execution, the Trusts created by the last Will and Testament of John Gwyn, late of the City of Londonderry, Merchant, deceased, and for incorporating the Trustees therein named, and for other purposes; That they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and that the Parties concerned had given their consent to the Bill, to the satisfaction of the Committee; and that they had gone through the Bill, and had directed him to report the same to the House, without any Amendment.
Petitions complaining of the Hours of Labour in Cotton Factories.
A Petition of Operatives employed at Stockport in spinning cotton-wool into yarn;-and, of Inhabitants of Macclesfield,-were presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have seen with regret the very injurious effects of protracted labour in Cotton and Silk Mills, which is pernicious to health even in the day-time, and, under the most favourable circumstances, employment in such places during the night is still more injurious to both the health and morals of the persons so employed; and praying the House to pass a law entirely prohibiting the employment of persons under twenty-one years of age in the night-time in Cotton and Silk Mills.
Petition for reduction of Taxation.
A Petition of Labourers and Inhabitants of Cent-perCent-street, in the town and county of the town of Kingston-upon-Hull, was presented, and read; complaining of their distress; and praying the House to relieve them from their present heavy burthen of taxes.
Amendments to Transportation of Offenders Bill, agreed to.
The House proceeded to take into consideration the Amendments made by the Lords to the Bill, intituled, An Act to amend an Act passed in the fifth year of His present Majesty, for the Transportation of Offenders from Great Britain, and for punishing Offences committed by Transports kept to labour in the Colonies; and the same were read; and are as followeth;
Pr. 8. 1. 35. Leave out from "aforesaid" to "upon" in press 10, 1. 29, and insert "And be it further Enacted, That from and after the commencement of this Act, when any person shall be convicted at any session of oyer and terminer, or gaol delivery, or at any quarter or other general session of the peace to be holden for any county, riding, division, city, borough, liberty or place within that part of Great Britain called England, or at any great session to be holden for the county palatine of Chester, or within the principality of Wales, of any crime punishable by death, if His Majesty shall be pleased to extend mercy to any such offender."
Message for Copy of Minutes of Evidence.
Ordered, That a Message be sent to the Lords, requesting that their Lordships will be pleased to communicate to this House, a Copy of the Minutes of the Evidence taken before the Select Committee appointed by their Lordships in the present Session, to inquire into the present State of the Affairs of the East India Company, and into the Trade between Great Britain, the East Indies and China; and that Mr. Spring Rice do carry the said Message.
Petition against Duties on Stamps, &c. (Ireland.)
A Petition of Parishioners of the parishes of Coolock and Santry, in the county of Dublin, was presented, and read; complaining of the proposed increase of Duties on Stamps, Spirits and Tobacco in Ireland; and praying the House to reject any proposition for assimilating or increasing Taxation in Ireland, and that they will, with the least possible delay, turn their earnest attention to the necessity of such reduction of the Duties on Malt, Tea and Sugar, as will bring those necessaries of life more within the means of the people, and relieve the suffering and distress under which Ireland at this moment so notoriously labours.
Petition against Assimilation of Stamp Duties (Ireland.)
A Petition of Parishioners of Passage and Kill Saint Nicholas, in the county of Waterford, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have learned with surprise and concern, that additional Duties and Taxes are about to be imposed on that impoverished country; and praying the House to refuse their sanction to these ruinous measures.
Petition of John Swift.
A Petition of John Swift, one of the Senior Proctors of His Majesty's Court of Prerogative in Ireland, was presented, and read; praying, That the Senior Proctors of the Prerogative Court in Ireland may be allowed to take Apprentices.
Petition for abolishing Slavery.
A Petition of Inhabitants of Kettering, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners are impressed with a deep conviction of the injustice and impolicy of Negro Slavery; and praying the House immediately to adopt such measures as they shall deem most effectual for its total abolition in every part of the British Empire.
Accounts of East India Trade, ordered.
Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the official and declared value of the Exports and Imports to and from the East Indies and China; distinguishing the Private Trade from the Company's Trade, and specifying the Trade with each Country, for the year ending 5th January 1830.
Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the number of Ships, and amount of Tonnage, employed in the Trade with the East Indies and China; distinguishing the Private Trade from the Company's Trade, for the year ending 5th January 1830.
Sugar Duties Bill, reported.
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer reported from the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill for granting to His Majesty, for a time to be limited, certain Duties on Sugar imported into the United Kingdom, the Amendments which they had made to the Bill; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.
Spirit Duties Bill, reported.
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer reported from the Committee of the whole House, on the Bill to impose additional Duties of Excise on Spirits, the Amendments which they had made to the Bill; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.
West India Spirits Bill, reported.
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer reported from the Committee of the whole House on the Bill to impose an additional Duty of Customs on Spirits, the produce of the British Possessions in America, the Amendments which they had made to the Bill; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.
Fees and Stamps Abolition Bill, passed.
Ordered, That the Order of the day, for the third reading of the ingrossed Bill to abolish certain Fees and Stamp Duties chargeable on the renewal of all Appointments, Commissions, Grants, Pensions and Patents consequent on the demise of the Crown, be now read; and the same being read:-The Bill was read the third time.
Petition for repeal of Medicine Stamp Duty.
A Petition of John Dingwall Williams, of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Student at Law, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner considers the toleration of that abominable and unchristian nuisance, medical quackery or empiricism, a disgrace to a country professing christianity and civilization, and has long regretted that the vile and destructive trade of tampering with the lives and health of the community should have received a legal and an authoritative sanction and protection by virtue of the Stamp Duty on the villainous trash; and praying the House to devise some wholesome regulations to suppress the frauds and murderous designs of empirical jugglers and impostors of all descriptions, and at the same time to repeal that most monstrous impolitic statute, the Patent Medicine Act.
Petition of Tontine Annuitants (Ireland.)
A Petition of Persons interested in the Annuities constituted by the Acts of the Irish Parliament in the reign of his late Majesty King George the Third, was presented, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioners have received and examined certain Lists connected with the Government Irish Tontines, which the House have lately been pleased to direct should be printed, and they have to represent to the House that these Accounts are incomplete, in as far as that they do not show the names of persons on whose lives dividends have not been paid; the Petitioners humbly submit that this is a point of vital importance to their interests; the great probability, is that these lives have actually dropped, and that the dividends are held in suspense, in respect that no notice of the death has been given to the office; it is therefore extremely material to the Petitioners that they, and others concerned in these Tontines, should have it in their power to investigate these cases, and to furnish the office with proofs that such deaths have occurred; thus, on the 25th of December 1829, out of forty-one lives reported as remaining, dividends were paid only on twenty-eight, and if the other thirteen lives are really dropped, the Annuitants in that class ought to have received a considerably further dividend, now and hereafter; the Petitioners therefore humbly suggest, that Accounts ought to be made up and printed, and furnished half-yearly to the Annuitants on receiving their dividends, showing the whole lives, and all particulars whatsoever connected therewith, the dividends whereon had not been claimed upon and paid at the preceding half year; May it therefore please the House to take the premises into consideration, and to afford such relief as the House shall deem meet.
Petition respecting Anatomy.
A Petition of Physicians, Surgeons and Students of Medicine, Members of the Westminster Medical Society, was presented, and read; praying, That it may please the House to pass such enactments to relieve the Petitioners from the disadvantages and disabilities under which they now labour, and to afford them further facilities for the prosecution of the science of Anatomy, as to the House may seem expedient.
Accounts, ordered: Carriage Duties.
Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the number of Four-wheeled and other Carriages charged with Duties in each of the five years ending 1st January 1815; specifying the number of Carriages in each class, the rates of Duty, and the produce of the Duties.
Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the number of Hackney Coaches licensed in each of the five years to 1st January 1830; showing the rates of Duty, and the produce of the Duties.
Ordered, That there be laid before this House, an Account of the number of Horses charged with Duty in each of the five years ending 1st January 1815 to the 1st January 1830; showing the number in each class, the rates of Duty, and the produce of the Duties.
Custom House Establishments.
Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return of the Establishments for the Collection of the Revenue of Customs at the following Ports and Places: Aberystwith, Aldborough, Beaumaris, Berwick, Blackney and Clay, Bridlington, Cardigan, Cowes, Dartmouth, Deal, Fowey, Harwich, Ilfracombe, Lyme, Milford, Minehead, Padstow, Penzance, Bideford, Falmouth, Llanelly, Maldon and Leigh, Poole, Portsmouth, Scarborough, Scilly, Southampton, Southwold, Swansea, Wells, Weymouth, Whitby:- Banff, Campbelltown, Dumfries, Inverness, Irvine, Kirkcaldy, Kirkwall, Lerwick, Stornaway, Montrose, Stranraer, Thurso:-Baltimore, Coleraine, Sligo, Westport and Wexford; stating the Name of each Officer, the Office he holds, the amount of Salary and Emoluments he receives, and the other Expenses, under separate heads, for the year ending 5th January 1830, as stated in Parliamentary Return, N° 402, of this Session.
Reports of Civil List Accounts, &c. to be reprinted. No. 614 to 619.
Ordered, That the several Reports which, upon the 8th day of July 1803, the 29th day of March 1804, the 7th day of July 1812, and the 21st day of July 1813, were made from the Select Committees appointed to consider of the charge upon the Civil List Revenue, be re-printed.
Ordered, That the Report which, upon the 16th day of June 1815, was made from the Select Committee appointed to take into consideration the Account presented to the House upon the 20th day of March 1815, by Mr. Arbuthnot, by the command of his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, relating to His Majesty's Civil List, be re-printed.
Ordered, That the Report made by the Auditors of Public Accounts to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, on the subject of the Deductions of the Civil List, which was presented to the House upon the 16th day of February 1808, be re-printed.
Burghs (Scotland) Police Bill, reported. No. 620.
The Lord Advocate reported from the Committee on the Bill for establishing a general system of Police in the Burghs of Scotland; That they had examined the allegations of the Bill, and found the same to be true; and had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto; and the Report was brought up, and read.
Answer to Address.
Mr. Secretary Sir Robert Peel reported to the House, that their Address of Wednesday last to His Majesty, "To return to His Majesty the dutiful acknowledgment of this House, for the communication which His Majesty has been graciously pleased to make to them:
"To express to His Majesty the deep sense which this House entertains of His Majesty's goodness, in being unwilling to recommend to the attention of Parliament, at this advanced period of the Session, and in the present state of Public Business, any new matter which may admit of postponement without detriment to the Public Service:
"And to assure His Majesty, that, as His Majesty is of opinion that it will be most conducive to the general convenience and to the interests of the Country to call a new Parliament with as little delay as may be practicable, this House will apply themselves, without delay, to make such temporary provision as may be requisite for the conduct of the Public Service in the interval that must elapse between the close of the present Session and the assembling of a new Parliament," had been presented to His Majesty; and that His Majesty was pleased to receive the same very graciously, and to give the following Answer;
I am much gratified by this loyal and dutiful Address, and by the assurance which it conveys to Me, that the House of Commons will apply themselves, without delay, to make a temporary provision for the conduct of the Public Service in the interval that will elapse between the termination of the present Session and the calling of a new Parliament. W. R.
The Lords have agreed to
Shubenaccadie Canal Bill.
The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act to authorize the advance of a certain sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the completion of the Shubenaccadie Canal, in Nova Scotia, without any Amendment: And also,
Capital Punishments (Scotland) Bill, with Amendments.
The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act to amend an Act of the ninth year of His present Majesty, to facilitate Criminal Trials in Scotland, and to abridge the period now required between the pronouncing of Sentence and execution thereof, in cases importing a Capital Punishment, with some Amendments; to which Amendments the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: And also,
Greenwich Improvement Bill, with Amendments.
The Lords have agreed to the Bill, intituled, An Act for the improvement of the Town of Greenwich, in the County of Kent, and for the better Regulation of Roan's Charity there, with some Amendments; to which Amendments the Lords desire the concurrence of this House: And also,
Amendments to Mildmay's Divorce Bill.
The Lords have agreed to the Amendments made by this House to the Bill, intituled, An Act to dissolve the Marriage of Captain Edward Saint John Mildmay with Marianne Catherine his now Wife, and to enable him to marry again, and for other purposes therein mentioned, without any Amendment:-And then the Messengers withdrew.
Beer and Cider Duties Repeal Bill, committed.
Ordered, That the Order of the day, for the second reading of the Bill to repeal certain of the Duties on Cider in the United Kingdom, and on Beer and Ale in Great Britain, and to make other Provisions in relation thereto, be now read; and the same being read:-The Bill was read a second time; and committed to a Committee of the whole House for To-morrow.
Consolidated Fund (£. 1,500,000.) Bill, committed.
Ordered, That the Order of the day, for the second reading of the Bill to apply a sum of Money out of the Consolidated Fund, for the service of the year One thousand eight hundred and thirty, be now read; and the same being read:-The Bill was read a second time; and committed to a Committee of the whole House for To-morrow.
Crown Property Customs Bill, reported.
Sir Alexander Grant reported from the Committee of the whole House on the Bill to subject to Duties of Customs goods the property of the Crown, in case of Sale after Importation, the Amendments which they had made to the Bill; and the Amendments were read, and agreed to by the House.
Exchequer Bills (£. 13,607,600.) Bill, deferred.
Ordered, That the Order of the day, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill for raising a sum of Money by Exchequer Bills, for the service of the year One thousand eight hundred and thirty, be now read; and the same being read;
Return respecting Carnatic Creditors, ordered.
Ordered, That there be laid before this House, a Return, to show (according to the best Estimate which can be formed) the amount of the Money subject to the Claims of the Creditors of the Nabob of the Carnatic, which, on the 30th April 1830, was invested in the names of the Commissioners for investigating the Claims of such Creditors, or which then remained in the hands of the East India Company.
Committee on Warehoused Sugar Bill.
Ordered, That the Order of the day, for the House to resolve itself into a Committee of the whole House, upon the Bill to continue an Act for allowing Sugar to be delivered out of Warehouse to be refined, be now read; and the same being read:-The House resolved itself into the Committee; and, after some time spent therein, Mr. Speaker resumed the Chair; and Sir Alexander Grant reported from the Committee, That they had gone through the Bill, and made several Amendments thereunto.
Amendments to Insolvent Debtors Bill, agreed to.
The House proceeded to take into consideration the Amendments made by the Lords to the Bill, intituled, An Act to continue and amend the Laws for Relief of Insolvent Debtors in England; and the same were read; and are as followeth;
Clause (A.) "And be it further Enacted, That, during the continuance of this Act, no person shall be entitled to be discharged as an Insolvent Debtor on his or her own petition or application, under or by virtue of the Statute passed in the thirty-second year of the reign of King George the Second, commonly called the Lords' Act, or of any other Statute since passed for extending or continuing the same."
Amendments to Contempt in Equity Bill, agreed to.
The House proceeded to take into consideration the Amendments made by the Lords to the Bill, intituled, An Act for altering and amending the Law regarding Commitments by Courts of Equity for Contempts, and the taking Bills pro confesso; and the same were read; and are as followeth;
Pr. 3. 1. 4. Leave out from "the" to "And" in line 25, and insert "dates, and the grounds of their several commitments, and the dates of their respective discharges, and shall, on the twentieth day of January, the twentieth day of April, the twentieth day of July, and the twentieth day of October, in every year, make a report to the Lord Chancellor of the names and descriptions of such prisoners in his custody on each of such days respectively, with the causes and dates of their respective commitments."
Motion respecting a Regency.
A Motion was made, and the Question being put, That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, assuring His Majesty that, deeply affected by the gracious Declaration made by His Majesty upon His accession to the Throne, of His Majesty's attachment to the Constitution of these Realms, we, His Majesty's faithful Commons, should fail in our humble duty to His Majesty, if, amidst our general feelings of gratitude, mingled with our ardent prayers for the prolonged duration of a reign so auspiciously commenced, we omitted to make known to His Majesty the anxiety felt by His Majesty's loyal Subjects at the possibility of a misfortune which might deprive them of the blessings of His Majesty's paternal reign, and in its consequences endanger the best interests of the Empire.
That we are induced to lay the expression of this anxiety at the foot of the Throne, from the deep attachment which we feel to His Majesty, and His Majesty's august Family, and from the conviction which we entertain that the safety of the State, and the stability of our Institutions, essentially depend on the uninterrupted exercise of the powers vested in the Crown, as the first of the three Estates composing the Constitution of this limited Monarchy.
That, under the impression of these sentiments, we approach His Majesty with the dutiful assurance of our readiness to take into immediate consideration any measure which in His Majesty's Royal solicitude for the happiness of His People His Majesty might be graciously pleased to recommend, for the purpose of guarding against the possible hazard of those evils which cannot but be apprehended from the demise of the Crown, under the present circumstances of the Succession;