[26 June, 1657.]
A constant yearly Revenue of 130000 l. to be raised.; Contracts by them approved by his Highness and the Council, and confirmed under the great Seal shall be good.
Whereas by the Humble Petition and Advice of the Parliament,
it is thought fit and Declared, That the constant yearly Revenue
of Thirteen hundred thousand pounds, shall be raised and setled
for the Maintenance of the Armies and Navies of this Commonwealth, and for Defraying the Charges of the Government; And
whereas it will be necessary that the Profits of the Excize and
Customs, and other the Publique Revenue, be by all good waies
and means Improved to the best advantage of the Commonwealth,
and as much as may be, reduced to a Certainty, to the end the said
yearly Revenue of Thirteen hundred thousand pounds may be
answered and raised without a Land-Tax, according to the humble
Petition and Advice, without weakening the Securities wherewith
the same are already charged; Be it therefore Enacted by His
Highness the Lord Protector and this present Parliament, and
by Authority thereof, That the Lord Whitlock, Col. Sydenham,
Col. Philip Jones, the L. Commissioner Fyenes, the Lord Commissioner Lisle, Mr. Secretary Thurloe, Sir Richard Onslow, Sir William
Roberts, Mr. Drake, Mr. Godfrey, Colonel John Clerk, Mr. Bond,
Captain Stone, Sir Christopher Pack, Alderman Foot, Mr. Lloyd,
the Lord Chief Justice Glyn, Sir Charls Wolseley, Sir John Trevor,
Mr. Upton, the Lord Broghil, General Disbrow, Major General
Goff, Mr. Bodwrda, Mr. Thomas Smith, Colonel Twisleton, Mr.
Rushworth, Mr. Downing, Sir John Barkstead, Colonel John
Jones, Major Beak, Captain Blackwel, Mr. Highland, Colonel
Mildmay, Colonel Matthews, Major General Hains, Major General
Kelsey, and Mr. Maidston, or any seven of them shall be, and
hereby are Authorized and Impowred to be a Committee of Parliament, to Treat, Contract and Conclude with any person or persons
for the Farming all or any part of the Duties of Customs and Subsidy
of Tonnage and Poundage, and of Excise and New Impost, and all
or any part of the Duties mentioned in two several Acts made
this present Parliament, the one Entituled, An Act for Continuing
and Establishing the Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage; And for
reviving an Act for the better Packing of Butter, and for Redress
of abuses therein, The other entituled, An Additional Act for the
better Improving and Advancing the Receipts of the Excise and
New Impost, and all or any part of the Duties mentioned in any
other Act or ordinance touching the said Customs and Excize which
by vertue of the forementioned Acts are Revived, Continued,
Confirmed or put in force, And what Contract, Bargain or Agree
Contracts by them approved by his Highness and the Council, and confirmed under the great Seal shall be good.
ment, Contracts, Bargains or Agreements, shall be made by the
said Committee, or any seven of them, with any person or persons
for or touching the premisses, or any part of them; which Contract,
Bargain or Agreement, Contracts, Bargains or Agreements being
assented unto by His Highness, with the Advice of His Council,
and Ratified and Confirmed by any Grant or Grants, under the
Great Seal of England, shall be, and hereby is and are declared
to be and continue Good and Valid to all intents and purposes;
and all and every person or persons that shall be a Farmer or Contractor, Farmers or Contractors in pursuance of this Act, shall be
saved and kept harmless by Authority of Parliament.
The farm not to be for more then seven years.
Provided alwaies, That the premisses nor any part of them,
be Farmed for any Term exceeding Seven years: And the said
Committee are hereby required to give an Accompt of their Proceedings hereupon to the Parliament at their next Sitting.
None of the Committee to be Farmers.
Provided alwaies, That no person appointed by this Act to be of
the Committee of Parliament as aforesaid, shall directly or indirectly
be a Farmer, or Partner in the Farming of any part of the Custom
or Excize aforesaid.
Farmers or Commissioners shall not trade in any commodities by them farmed.
Provided alwaies, and it is hereby Enacted, That no person or
persons whatsoever, that shall Farm the Customs or Excize, or
any part of them, or shall be Commissioner or Commissioners
of them or either of them, shall during the time of such Farm or
Commission, Trade in any the Commodities which may fall under
the said Farm, or within the Compass of such Commission.