Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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Whereas the time for receiving the Duty of Excise and New Import, is neer expiration, and it being necessary for the peace and safety of this Commonwealth that the same be continued, both for the satisfaction of the publick Debts charged upon the said Grand Receipt, as also for carrying on the weighty affairs of this Commonwealth, His Highness the Lord Protector, with the Advice and Consent of his Council, doth Ordain, and be it Ordained, That all and every the Acts, Ordinances, and Orders of Parliament touching the Excise, and every Clause, Sentence, and Article in them or any of them contained, and now in force, aswel for the collecting, gathering and receiving, as concerning the Government and Ordering of the Excise and New Impost, according to the several Rates in them, or any of them expressed, be received, collected and paid in and through England and Wales, and Town and Port of Barwick upon Tweed, untill the five and twentyeth day of March next coming, And that Luke Hodges, Thomas Bulstrode, and William Parker, or any two or more of them, be and are hereby constituted and appointed Commissioners of the Grand Excise and New Impost, and are hereby impowered and authorized to exercise and put in execution all and every the powers and Authorities given or granted by, or contained in all or any of the said Acts, Ordinances, or Orders of Parliament touching the excise and New Impost, as well for the collecting and receiving the Several Rates aforesaid, as concerning the Government and Ordering of the said Excise and New Impost, as fully and amply as any Commissioners for Excise, at the time of the making of this present Ordinance, may or ought to have done, and shall observe such further Orders and Directions as they shall from time to time receive from His Highness the Lord Protector, and his Council, touching the same; And for their Care, Paines, and Service therein, they shall have one penny in every twenty shillings raised and levyed for Excise and New Impost.
Provided nevertheless, and it is hereby declared, that from and after the nine and twentyeth day of December 1653. The Commisioners aforenamed shall not let to farm, or admit any person or persons to farm the Excise of any Goods, Merchandizes and Manufactures that are exciseable by any Act, Ordinance, or Order of Parliament, without the Order and Direction of such Persons as ahall be appointed thereunto by His Highness the Lord Protector, ond his Council, But the said Commissioners, or any two or more bf them, shall mannage and carry on the same, according to the best of their Judgements, by such good Wayes and Means as may se most for the Ease of the People, and advantage of the Common-Wealth.