Debates in 1678: July (3rd-15th)

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Grey's Debates of the House of Commons: Volume 6. Originally published by T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, London, 1769.

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Wednesday, July 3.

Resolved, That all Aids and Supplies to his Majesty in Parliament, are the sole Gift of the Commons; and all Bills for the granting of any such Aids and Supplies ought to begin with the Commons; and that it is the undoubted [and sole] right of the Commons to direct, limit, and appoint, in such Bills, the ends, purposes, considerations, conditions, limitations, and qualifications [of such Grants;] which ought not to be changed by the House of Lords.

[This was upon the Report from the Committee, to whom it was referred to prepare and draw up a state of the Rights of the Commons, in granting of Money.]

The arguments in the House upon this Vote were chiefly what had been used formerly upon like occasions.

The same day the Commons Resolved, That provision be made in the Bill now depending, for raising 414,000l. for raising 206,462l. 17s. 3d. for disbanding the Army; and that they be tacked together to be ingrossed in the same Bill. And this expedient ended the Controversy between the Lords and Commons, about the Lords alteration of the times of disbanding the Army, &c. in the Bill the Commons sent up. And the former Bill of disbanding the Army was laid aside.

[July 4, 5, and 6 omitted.]

Monday, July 8.

The grand Money Bill passed, and was entitled "An Act for granting a Supply to his Majesty of 619,388l. 11s. 9d. for disbanding the Army, and other uses."

[July 9, 11, 12, and 13 omitted.]

Monday, July 15.

The House attended his Majesty in the House of Peers, where the Royal Assent was given to the Money Bill, and eight others; after which the Lord Chancellor acquainted the two Houses, "That his Majesty had thought fit, on the present juncture of affairs, to prorogue them to the first of August, and so keep them in call, by short Prorogations; his Majesty not knowing how soon he might have need of their farther service and assistance: But that his Majesty's intention was, that they should not meet till towards winter, unless there were occasion for their assembling sooner, of which he would give them timely notice, by his Proclamation." And accordingly the Parliament was prorogued till the first day of August (fn. 1).

August 1st the House met, and was farther prorogued to August 29th; from thence to October 1st; and from thence to October 21.


  • 1. Thus ended the seventeenth Session of this Parliament; and thus England saw herself engaged in an expence of 600,000l. to pay an Army and Fleet, which certainly had not been prepared to make War with France, or for the security of England. Rapin.