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the revenue department, whose talents, perseverance, and indefatigable industry, proved competent to the talk, for the completion of which they were justly entiiled to the public thanks. He alluded 10 a Mr. Burton, of the excise depart. ment, and Mr. Jackson, who had so simplified and arranged the whole system, as to be of most material advantage to the public. As he had before mentioned, no very conliderable augmentation of revenue was intended by the system in general; the principal changes consisted only, for the fake of clearness, in raising the duty, where it made a fraction, 10 the next integral sum above it. There were, however, some points upon which material alterations were intended, through the whole of which he would not now go, but confine himself to a statement of the principal heads :--and first, with regard to the breweries, in which it was the intention to place the country brewer as much as possible on a footing with the town brewer, by making his allowances the same. It was intended also to impose a duty on what is called tabledrink. It was also intended to reduce the duty on cocoanuts and coffee, coming from British territories abroad, and give them a preference (on the same principle as that adopted last year upon sugar) over all such articles coming from other parts of the world. Also, to raise the duty on cider and perry now paying 18s. 6d. to 2os. To impose a duty on mead, manufactured for sale, the same as on Britih wines. To grant also a duty of 2s. 60. per cwt. on salt in Scotland, in order to countervail the advantage of falt provifions coming from that country. The whole of the schedule he meant to be printed, in order to give Gentlemen an opportunity for a full, and he irufted a speedy consideration, in order that it might pass into a law with as much expedirion as possible, antecedent to another great measure to be brought forward ; namely the land-tax, time enough to pass into law before the close of the sellinn.
ADULTERATION OF MALT LIQUORS. Mr. Whitbread felt himself indispensably called on to vindicate himsell, and many other respectable persons concerned in the brewing trade, from a general, and very injurious charge, llared to have been generally and indiscriminately thrown upon the trade by an hon. Gentleman opposite 10 him, on Saturday last (Mr. Vanlitart), in propofing additional duly upon opium ; on which occafion the hon. Member was stated to have said, that the only motive for imposing an additional duty on that dele!erious drug was, that Government had received authentic suggestions, that it was used by the brewers, as a noxious adulteration in the conipofition of their liquor. If Government had received information that any persons in the brewing trade had been guilty of lo criminal a conduct, as that of using noxious or deleterious ingredients to adulterate their liquor, they owed it to the public to bring such individuals forward, to substantiate their guilt, and punish them as they deserved. The fair traders, unjustly and illiberally implicated under a general and indiscriminate charge of this nature, had a right, in their own vindication, to challenge the prosecution and punishment of the guilty individual, that they might stand exculpated from an imputation so unfounded, as to them, but so severely injurious to their interests and their characters. · He now spoke not only what he himself felt to be his own due, but wbat was the sense very acutely felt by many very respectable persons in that trade, with whom he had that day conversed upon the subject.
Mr. Vanfittart rose, and observed, that the hon, Member must be aware, that suggestions were very often communicated to Government respecting the mal-practices of many parties, which they had not the means of bringing home to The conviction and punishment of delinquents, which, cer-tainly, it would be their duty, if in their power, to do. The hon. Member, however, was misinformed in stating that he had made any general charge of this mal-practice against the persons concerned in the brewing trade; for he had expressly exculpated the respectable part of the trade in town from any concern whatever in such mal-practices. The practice alluded to obtained with certain brewers in the country ; against whom, though the circumstance was too well known to exist for the entertainment of doubt on the matter, yet the circumstances could not be maintained fo as to conviet. Nevertheless, Government felt it their duty to use the best means in their power to break down the inducements of those who used that deleterious drug as an ingredient in their liquor, by laying upon it such a duty as would destroy all advantage from its use as a cheap ingredient.
Mr. Langmead said, that the indiscriminate term of coun. try brewers went to implicate a number of respectable perfons, as innocent of the charge, and as incapable of incur. ring it, as any brewer in town, however respectable. He was himself concerned in a country brewery, where no poxious or deleterious ingredients were used.
WOODFALL'S PARLIAMENTARY REGISTER. COMMONS Mr. l'anfit! art could affure the bon. Member, he did not allude to any of the brewers at Plymouth.
Mr. Sheridan observed, that if a practice fo mischietous was known by Government to exiit, fo dangerous to the health of the coinmunity, surely, it was the duty of Guvernment to punish them under the existing laws, or to bring forward more efficient laws, if the present were inadequate. But it was in vain to expect that fuch crimes were to be deterred by excise duties. The attempt to prevent them by such means was like taking half the protits for the liberty of poifuning the people.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer fupported the argument of Mr. Vanlittart, and faid, the heavy duty was the only means by which the Government could at present counteract the delinquency of men, who found micans to elude the severity of penal law by the privacy of their practice; but whose guilt it would certainly be the duty of Government to punish, if they could effectually prove it.
Alr. I hitbread thanked the hon. Gentleman for his explanations, which he considered as exculpaling the brewers in London from this charge. He understood, however, there were fome individuals convicted and fined upon timiIar charges in London. There was one advantage the hon. Member had over him, in his appearing to know how opium was used; for his part he did not, nor was he acquainted withi the utes or properties of that or any other noxious ingredient, in the business in which he was concerned.
Mr. Hobhouse faid, the truth was, the hon. Member's apprehentions as to any charges implied as against himself, were intluenced by mistatement. His hon. Friend near himn (Mr. Vantittart) certainly made one general charge, but particularly excepted the respectable brewers; and unless the hun. Member was disposed to deny bis name was amongst the list of those, it could not be properly alluned by him. He (Mr. Hubhouse), as being concerned in the lame business with the hon. Member, certainly did not feel the charge as any way allusive to him.
ktere ended the converfation, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer's resolution for the expediency of consolidating the excile duties, agreeable to a schedule for that purpose, was agreed to, and ordered to be reported the next day.
On the order of the day for bringing up the report of the East India shipping bill being read,
Sir IV. Pulionėy opposed the bringing up the fame. He objected to the principle of the bill, which had been read a
second time, and committed, without his knowledge, and he therefore opposed it in this stage. His objections to the bill were, that it trenched upon the building fyftem fo long adopted by the company, that it was against the interests of the company by preventing competition, and that it was unnecessary.
A long and desultory conversation took place, in the course of which Lord Caftlereagh, Mr. Wallace, and Mr. Charles Grant, the Eaft India Director, supported the bill. Sir W. Pulteney, Mr. Prinsep, and Mr. Johnstone opposed it.
The report was then read and agreed to, and the bill ordered to be read a third time the next day.
Mr. Corry moved for leave to bring in a bill, in order to indemnify certain persons in Ireland, who have omitted to qualify themselves for accepting of public offices in that country. Leave given.
The House reiolved into a Committee of Ways and Means for Ireland.
Mr. Corry moved, that the charge of paying and clothing the militia of Ireland, as allo the expence of paying certain subaltern officers, thould be defrayed out of the confolidated fund of that country, and that the charge of adjutants and serjeant-majors tu ihe 5th of March, 1803, and of certain officers in time of peace, should be fupplied from the money ariling from the land-tax of Ireland. Agreed to. The report was ordered to be received the next dav.
Mr. Corry faid, that it was his intention to have subniita ted the Irish budget to ihe confideration of the House on Friday following, but as he now found it would be imposlible to do so on that day, he begged leave to postpone it cill the Monday following.
Mr. Vanfittart brought up the twclve millions loan bill, and the import and export bills, which were severally read a first time, and ordered to be read a second time the next day.
The House in Committee went through the bill for conn Solidating the duties on cuftoms, and the report was ordered to be received the next day.
The malicious shooting bill was read a second time, and ordered to be read a third time the next day.
Mr. Vanfittart moved, that certain accounts, respecting the income duty, which were printed last year, should be VOL. IV. 1802-3.
reprinted, for the use of the Members of the House. Ordered accordingly.
He also moved, that there be laid before the House an account of the imports and exports of Great Britain for three years, ending the 5th of January, 1793 ; and for four years, ending the 5th of January, 1803.--Ordered.
Mr. Carry obferved, that he would at an early day take an opportunity of moving, that the like accounts fhould be laid before the House relative to Ireland ; and as he wished to assimilate the commercial laws of both countries as much and as soon as possible, such accounts were already in a ftate of preparation.
The bill for suspending the navigation act, so far as regarded foreigners, was read a second time, and ordered to be committed the next day. Adjourned.
HOUSE OF LORD S.
THURSDAY, JUNE 16.
Lord Grantley then rose to enquire whether, by the House agreeing to that report, and to the resolution that must immediately be made upon it, the petitioner was finally precluded from re-urging his claim, provided he thould be able to bring forth such further evidence as should appear to him to be sufficiently strong to satisfy their Lordships of the validity of his claim.
Lord Alvanlcy faid, the door was not finally closed on the petitioner, by the resolution come to by the Committee of Privileges; neither could the door be closed by the refolu. rion which was necessarily to be moved immediately, proa vided the petitioner fhould present a petition to his Majesty, ftating the nature of ihe furihur evidence he meant and withed to bring forward; which perision his Majesty would of course refer to his law adviser (the Attorney General) to confider and report upon to him ;, and if the law adviser thought his itatement fufficiently strong to warrant his Majesty in ordering the perision to be laid before the House, then he might recommence the support of his claim, by adducing further evidence. His Lord'hip said he would take the opportunity