Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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Whereas by an Ordinance of the seventeenth of March last, Entituled, An Ordinance for continuing the Excise, it is next after the Rates therein specified, generally declared and provided, That all other goods and Merchandizes (Except Bolloin, Corn, Victual, Arms, Ammunition, Ordnance of Brass or Iron, imported, or to be imported) nor specified or therein rated, should pay after the rate of five pounds per centum, according as the same are charged by the book of rates, for the Customs to be paid by the first buyer one shilling.
Be it Ordained, and it is hereby Ordained and Declared by His Highness, with the Advice and Consent of His Council, That the said Clause be null and void, and instead thereof, Be it hereby Ordained and Declared, That all other goods and Merchandizes mentioned in the Book of Rates for the Customs (except Bulloin, Corn, Victual, Arms, Ammunition, Ordnance of Brass or Iron, and Wools of Sheep) imported or to be imported, which are not in the said Rates of Excise, before or otherwise charged, shall hereafter pay Excise after the rate of five pounds per centum, to be paid by the first Buyer from the Merchant or Importer, and the same is to be collected accordingly.
And to the end the whole receipts of the Excise may be the better reduced into one Cash, and the charge and number of officers thereby retrenched, It is hereby Ordained by Authority aforesaid, That from and after the twenty fifth day of March last, the Revenue of the Excise shall be but one Receipt, and so accompted for; and that all Receipts and Accompts heretofore taken or kept of any payments of Excize or New Impost, by vertue of any Additional Act, Ordinance or Order of Parliament, and designed to any separate use or uses whatsoever, shall from henceforth cease and be void, and be brought and reduced to one general Cash and Publique Revenue. Provided nevertheless, That the moyety of all Fines and Forfeitures, imposed and received since the Twenty fifth of March last, or that hereafter shall be imposed and received, shall be still kept in an Accompt apart, and be paid out towards the maintenance of Widows and Maimed Soldiers, according to an Ordinance of Parliament of the Thirteenth of July, One thousand six hundred forty and seven.
And it is hereby for the further relief of the said Widows and Maimed Soldiers, Ordained, That from and after the said Five and twentieth day of March last, there shall be, out of the general Cash and Revenue of the Excise, allowed the certain yearly sum of Twenty six thousand two hundred and sixty pounds, to be paid weekly by portions out of the said publique Receipt unto such person or persons as is, are or shall be appointed thereunto by His Highness and His Council, and be intrusted for imploying and disposing thereof to the use aforesaid; which said yearly sum of Twenty six thousand two hundred and sixty pounds is to be in lieu of all and every sum and sums of money assigned by any Act, Ordinance or Order of Parliament out of any the Receipts of the Excize, for relief of the said Widows and Maimed Soldiers, other then the moyety of Fines and Forfeitures before excepted; and the present Commissioners of the Excize, or any three of them, shall have power from time to time to issue out all moneys, either delivered over unto them, by the Commissioners preceding them, or which hath, or shall be received by them since the Five and twentieth of March last, according as they are or shall be directed by His Highness the Lord Protector and His Council, or by authority thereof. And the said Commissioners for Excize, and their SubCommissioners are hereby impowered to make repayment of the Excize to any person whatsoever, for any goods imported upon the exportation thereof, in such sort as the late Commissioners might have done before the Five and twentieth day of March last, it appearing unto them that the duty of the said goods have been fully paid, Any former Clause, Article or Provision to the contrary notwithstanding.