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to the House a statement, to the latest period for which the fame can be made up, of the proceedings of the commisfoners appointed under the great leal, by virtue of an act of the 30th of his pretent Majesty, for the purpose of regu. Jating all fales and contracts for sale, made up by bodies politic or corporate, or companies, for the purpose of redeeming their land tax, with their dates, and the arnount of the fame, with a statement of the total laved to Government by such redemption, &c. &c. Ordered.

Lord Auckland also moved an hun ble address to his Majesty, that he would be pleased to order an account of the revenue of the Post Office, from April 5, 1782, to the 5th of April 1803, with an account of the charges and pentions thereupon; and also of all the remittances from the post office in Scotland during the fame period. Ordered,

One bill was brought up from the Commons.
The bills on the table went througlı a stage eacli.

'The House adjourned till the next day, when all the bilis that were ready would receive the royal allent by commission,

HOUSE OF COMMONS

FRIDAY, JUNE 10. A person from the office of the chief secretary in Ireland brought up an account of the number of distilleries in lieland, the number of stills employed in cach of thole, and the number of gallons each fill contains; with the number of gallons annually exported from Ireland.

Sir J. S. Erskine brought up a report of the Committee appointed to consider the means of providing for the families of Scotch mililia-men; which expences, he laid, the Committee had determined ought to be defrayed by an affetlinent on lands and houses. The said report was ordered to be referred to a Committee of the whole House on Monday sext.

Lord Glenbervie moved for an account of the statements, made to the latest periods, of the proceedings made by the commissioners from sales of the land tax on the property of bodies corporate and politic; the quantum of stock purchaled, and the gain to the public. Ordered.

Mr. Fitzgerald brought up a petition from the debtors confined in the prison of the Four Courts Marshal, praying relief. Ordered to lie on the table.'

The report on the exchequer bills defect bill was agreed to, and ihe bill ordered to be read a third rime the next day. The alleffed taxes confolidation bill, and the consolidation

collection collection bill of the assessed raxes, were severally committed, and the report ordered to be received the next day.

The militia transfer, bill was read a second time, and ordered to be cominiited on Monday.

Mr. I. H. Browne gave notice, that he would on Monday move the House 10 grant a sum of money for making roads in the highlands of Scotland.

COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY. The Secretary at War, before the Speaker left the chair, moved that the estimates of the barrack board, and those of the transport office in Ireland, be referred to the faid Com. miisee. "The House then went into the Committee, Mr. Alexander in the chair.

Sir P. Stevens moved, that an additional number of 40,000 seainen, from 7th June, for seven months, be granted, for the service of 1803, including 8oco marines.

A Member, whose name we could not learn, observed, that the marine service was generally looked to as the most useful in our military establishinent; he thought, therefore, 8000 marines 100 few, and could have withed the number had been 20,000.

Mr. Ballard said, the marine service was a favourite fervice, as well as a most useful one; and he believed thai almost any number of men might calily be raised for it in the usual way of recruiting; and he thought this poode of raising men would be infinitely more constitutional, and more confonant to the wilhes of the people, than any forced levies, the idea of which had been thrown out on a former night.

The Secretary at War laid, that this vote of 8coa marines was only intended for present purposes; that more could be had if they thould be wanted, and more in such case would be moved for. He hoped, therefore, the hon. Meinber who made the objection would, for the present, be contentedwith the number moved for.

Losd Temple alked, what nuinber of men were now on board the feel.

Sir P. Steuing said, the number that had been voted was 80,000, but not more than 70,000 were on board as yet.

The Chrncellor of the Exchequer said, that, to prevent any mistake, lie begged the House 10 recolle&t, that his hon. Friend had staicd, that there were now about 70,0 omen employed in the ficet, but that €0,000 had been voted, so that The complement was defective by 10 000.

The first resolution was then put and agreed to, as were the following :

118,00ol.

118,0col. for paying the said 40,000 seamen.
500,cool. for victualling the fame.
840,00ol. for wear and tear of thips.

70,0 cl. for ordnance. 100,000l. for hiring transports during the year. 65,000l, for charge of prisoners for the year 1803. 20,0col for a limilar charge 24,9331 for charges of barrack department of Ireland. Also, that provision be made for payment of the cloathing of the inililia of Ireland.

The House resumed, and the report was ordered to be received next day.

CONSOLIDATION OF THE CUSTOM DUTIES, On the order of the day for the House to go into a Committee on the bill for consolidating the duties on curtoms.

The Chancell.r of the Exchequcr rose and said, that before The motion tor the Speaker io leave the chair, he begged to inake a few observations, which he doubled not would considerably fave the time of the House, as he would thority taie in ihe House the several alterations proposed 10 be made in the bill. Several petitions, he said, h.d been presented from the thread lace manufacturers of the counties of Buckingham, Bedford, Northampton, &c. &c. complain. ing of the duties intended to be laid on goods of his description proposed to be allowed to be imporied. The intention of ihis was as much as pottible to alliit the fair trader, and to counteract, as far as could be done, the designs and schemes of the fmuggler. He imagined that in this article there was to the amount of 400,000l. brought into the country, of which not more than 20,000l. paid duiy. Some alteration, therefore, was absolutely neceifary. The attempt to pro hibit it entirely, would positively be nugatory and ineffectual, The article being to be brought into the country in lo small & compass. li was proposed, on this account, to lay a duty ud valorem ; and it had been determined to fix on a lum that should discountenance the smuggler, and give every posible advantage to the fair trader. He had found from the best iniormation he had been able to procure, that the fmuggler Could ensure his profits in time of peace at 10 per cent. and in rime of war at 15 per cent. He there. fore proposed the ad valorem duty thould be fixed at 20 per cent. which he thought would be such a medium or average, as would not fail to lecure ihc fair irader. The only difficuley

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he thought would be to steer clear of fixing the duty co high, 25 to endanger the interest of the manufacturer, or so low as to injure coinpetition at home. Under the present circumAtances of the country, he thought there was no reason to fear for our home manufactures, as, during the continuance of the war, our thread lace manufactures had greaily flou. rihed, and since the peace it had confiderably fallen off. ln general it had been found, that immediately afier, and, indeed, for some considerable time subsequent to the making of peace. contraband irade was best and most effe ctually suppreffed, by fixing a low dury, which kok away the induce. ment the smuggler had to make exertions and run risks, when his profiis would be little or nothing; and if at any time afterwards it should be found necessary, a higher duty may be laid on : but there was no principle more clear than this, that a contraband trade cannot be demolished all at once. It had been the study, and was the continual with of his Majesty's Ministers, to use every means in their power to protect the manufactures of the country, and they were very glad to receive every degree of information which should enable them to allay any alarms that might take place in the minds of our own manufacturers. Another respectable defcription of persons, he said, had been conliderably alarmed at the permission that was to be given to the importation of foreign porcelain. The dury on this had been 105 per cent. and it was proposed to reduce it to 50 per cent. which he thought would have been a complete protecting dury, It was not, however, considered to be so by the manufacturers of this article in this country, who have urged in the strongest terms their apprehenfion that this manufacture would be greatly injured, if this alteration in the duty was to take place. Under these circumstances, he had undertaken to recommend it to the House to increase the duty from sol. to 81. per cent. and if that should not be found lufficieni, 10 increase the duty fill more, and make it higher, as ilie nature of the case might be found to require. The third point he had 10 notice, he said, was the petitions from persons in the fik trade. It was well known, that the importation of manufactured filk from Bengal, was altogeiher prohibited. All precautions to prohibit it entirely had been found ineffectual; but he thougfit that by a duty of 25 per cent. on that article, the trade of ihe smuggler would' foon be entirely demolithed. He had proposed that the im. poriation of aik bandkerchiefs (hould be confined to the

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average on the sales of ihe East India' company for the lat seven years, but he now recommended that the prohibition 1hould be renewed during the war, with the power of fur. pending it afterwards, as the House may think proper. He faid, he thought he should not be doing justice to shofe reSpectable persons who had presented petitions, as well as chose who liad waited on him on the occasion, if he did not say that he believed they had not the smallest with or inien. tion in what they had done, or in the further steps they in. tended to purfue, to embarrass bis Majelty's Ministers in ihe execution of the present measure, but that they had acted purely from the just cause of alarm they thought they were bound to mainiain, for the interest of the different important manufactures in which they were severally engaged. He believed, however, they were all so perfectly satisfied with The modifications and alterations proposed to be made in the bill, that they would decline giving the House the trouble of hearing counsel on their behalt. He begged pardon for hav. ing fu long detained the House from going into the Commit. tce, but he bad been induced so say so much, in hopes of Saving their time after the Speaker thould leave the chair.

Lord Temple thanked the Chancellor of the Exchequer for the very candid manner in which he had made known the modifications, and said he tooll withhold all further opposition to the bill, on the part of thole from whom he had presented petitions against it.

Lord G. L. Gower allo ihanked the right hon. Gentleman for his candour in explaining his murives, as well as for the several modifications and alterations he proposed to make 10 the bill. He had in his hand, he said, a petition from the lace manufacturers, which, after what had just tallen from the right hon. Gentleman, he should not press any further.

Mr. Macna: ara, in behalf of the filk inanufacturers, expreited himself highly satisfied with what the Chancellor of the Exchequer had fo candidly liaied.

Mr. Alderman Combe returned the sighi hon. Gentleman his warmelt acknowledgments, not only for his candour on the present, but for his general candour on all occalions in which he had an opportunity of thowing is. He said, that at any future time he should be happy to give every affillance and faciliiy to such further modifications of alierations as might be deemed neceffarv.

General Gascoyne said, he was forry he was obliged to obe jest to the Speaker's leaving the chair; but as tie had no

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