House of Commons Journal Volume 7: 23 November 1654

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Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 7, 1651-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.

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Thursday, the 23d of November, 1654.

Settling the Government.

THE House this Day resumed the Debate adjourned Yesterday.

Resolved, by the Parliament, That such Ordinances heretofore made by the Lord Protector, and his Council, before this Parliament, for the raising, bringing-in, and disposing of Monies for the maintaining the Forces of this Commonwealth by Sea and Land, in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and for the necessary Charges of the Government, shall remain and continue to the End of this Parliament, and no longer; unless the Parliament take further Order to the contrary; or unless the said Ordinances shall expire before that Time.

The Question being put, That the House do agree, that this Proviso in the Question propounded Yesterday, in these Words, viz. "Provided, that this Vote shall not extend to invalid or prejudice any Ordinances or Provisions," be Part of the Question;

It passed in the Negative.

Resolved, That the Laws of this Commonwealth shall not be altered, suspended, abrogated, or repealed, nor any new Law made, nor any Tax, Charge, or Imposition, laid upon the People, but by common Consent of the People assembled in Parliament.

Resolved, That Mr. Hoskins do report to the House, To-morrow Morning, The Report made to the Committee of the whole House touching the Government, by a Sub-Committee, to whom the several Articles touching the Manner of Calling of Parliaments, were referred.

Leave of Absence.

The Question being put, That Colonel Lassells, have Leave to go into the Country;

It passed with the Negative.

Settling the Government.

Colonel Birch reports from the Committee for retrenching the Forces, That the Committee have attended his Highness the Lord Protector, according to the Order of the House; and his Highness's Answer unto the Committee therein.

Resolved, That the said Committee be continued; and that they be further impowered from time to time, as Occasion shall be offered, to confer with his Highness the Lord Protector.