Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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Whereas by Ordinance of Parliament, dated the 31 of August last, there are certain Rules and instructions established, to be observed by the Commissioners of excise, the Auditors in taking their Accompts, and others imployed about the Collection of the excise: The which Ordinance is understood to be in force only as to the time past, for one yeare, commenceing from the eleventh of September 1643 and ending the eleventh of this present September 1644. And whereas it is found necessary according as the present Commissioners of excise are by Ordinance of Parliament, dated the 8 of Aprill last, continued to be chiefe Commissioners and Governers of the whole Office and Receipts of the excise and new Impost for one yeare longer from the 14 of this instant Moneth of September 1644. that the said Ordinance of the 31 of August last, should be also confirmed and stand in force for the same tearme. Be it Ordained by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, and by authority of the same, That the said Ordinance of the 31 of August last, and every clause and Article therein contained, excepting the sixth Article, which concernes only the taking up the Accompts of the last yeare, and the passing thereof in one Audit, shall remaine and be in force to all intents and purposes, for and during the next whole yeare, commencing from the eleventh of this present September, and ending on the eleventh of September next.
And be it hereby further Ordained by authority aforesaid, That whereas the said Commissioners of excise are further authorised by an additionall Ordinance of Parliament dated the eighth of July last, to leavy and collect the severall summes of money by way of excise, upon the Commodities therein specified: That the said Commissioners of excise shall be allowed the summe of sixe pence upon every pound which shall be received by vertue of the said Ordinance, and shall or may choose such Deputie or Deputies, Officer or Officers, as they shall thinke needful for the Collection thereof, and allow such Sallary and yearly Stipend or Reward unto them and every of them, as is directed in the said particulars, by the Ordinance of the eleventh of September 1643. And that they the said Commissioners of excise, their Deputies and Officers or any of them, which shall doe any thing in execution or performance of the said Ordinances of the 31 of August last, shall be therein from time to time protected and saved harmelesse by the power and authority of both Houses of Parliament.