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Clauses were adopted, that the payment of a fine fhould exempt the person paying from the ballot only for one year; also that if any person should accept earnest, or any part of the bounty for becoming a substitute, and thould notwithstanding refuse to coine forward, it shall be competent to two deputy lieutenants or magiftrates to issue warrants to have fuch person brought before them, and if he shall still decline to serve, and is unable to return the money so advanced, be may be committed to the common jail without bail or mainprize.
Upon the several amendments a great deal of defultory conversation took place. Upon reading that which empowers his Majesty to authorize the commanding officer of any regiment in the army of reserve to discharge such men of his corps as may chuse to volunteer for the regular army,
Mr. Sheridan strongly recommended that some measures should be taken that the enliftment of such men in the regular army should be a fair, bona fide voluntary act, and not of such a description as the enlistment from the militia in the course of the last war.
The House resumed, the report was received and agreed to.
The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed, and to be farther considered on Wednesday next.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer gave notice of his intention to move the next day that an order on the Journals for the production of papers respecting certain proceedings of the Admiralty courts, upon the subject of prizes and appeals in the year 1799, Thould be discharged.
Captain Cochrane, upon whose motion on a former day this order had been made, was proceeding to explain his reasons for moving it, when
The Speaker called the hon. Member to order, as there was no question before the House.
Ordered, on the motion of the Chancellor of the Excbc. quer, that the amendments made in the clergy relidence bill by the Lords should be taken into confideration the next day.
Mr. Alexander brought up the report of the Committee on the additional cxcile bill.
Mr. Plumer asked, at what periods it ivas meant that the inftalments of malt duty should be paid?
The Chancellor of the Exchequer in reply stated, that the first instalment was to be paid on the 24th of October, one
eighth ; the second on the 5th of December, one-fourth ; the third on the 16th of January, one-fourth; and the fourth on the 3d of March, one-eighth. Mr. Plumer then asked whether, in the event of
peace, it was intended to make any return to the maltsters and brewers, for the additional duty now charged on the stock on hands.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer faid he could give no decisive answer to this question.
On the proposition of Mr. Vansittart an amendment was adopted, reducing the duty on wine to 12l. a ton on Portugal wine, and to 151. a ton on French wines.
Mr. Plumer remarked that it would make a very unfavourable impression on the public mind, to see that a reduction was made on the tax on wine, which was the consumption of the rich, while it was refused to make any reduction in that on malt, from which the beverage of the poorer classes was produced.
Mr. Vanfittart stated, that this reduction was made in the wine tax, with a view to the advantage of the revenue, in order to encourage a larger importation.
Colonel Hutchinson requested to know when it was intended that the operation of the spirit tax should come mence?
Mr. Vanfittart answered on the 4th of July, and that no spirits which thall have been distilled before that day shall be liable to the new duty.
Colonel Hutchinson said, that this exemption would, in its consequences, subject the Irish distillers to a great disadvantage, in their competition with the English distillers, which would involve a violation of the Act of Union, as the produce of the Irish distillers, which might be imported into this country subsequent to the 4th of July, would be subject to the increased countervailing duty, although distilled previous to that day.
Mr. V'anfittart vindicated the policy of the exemption, and contended that the spirit of the Act of Union was ftrictly preserved. He fuggested to the hon. Gentleman that, although Ireland might now complain of the disad. vantage alluded to, it was to be considered that, when this tax should cease, the Irish distillers would have a decided advantage over those of England.
After a few words from Sir Laurence Parsons, the report was agreed to, and the bill ordered to be read a third time the next day. Z z 2
The bill to prevent unlawful combinations among the workmen in Ireland went through a Committee, and the report was ordered to be received the next day.
Mr. Vanfittart was about to propose that the bill for lowering the duty on faltpetre imported into Ireland be read, when
Colonel Ilutchinson rofe and observed, that he saw with regret for the whole fellion that Irish business was brought forward at a late hour and in a thin House. He wilhed that a different system should be adopted, in order that it might become a fashion to pay more attention to that bufiness than now was done. Unless this was the case, he 1hould be under the necessity of objccting to the thinness of the House, which he was very much inclined to do on the present occasion.
Mr. Corry faid, that the measure to be brought forward, had already in principle received the concurrence of the House. It was to lower a duty, and he himself had attended the whole day, during the important discussions which had preceded, in order to bring forward measures relative to Ireland.
After some conversation, in which Mr. Addington spoke to the same effect as Mr. Corry;
Colonel Hutchinson said, that he considered it his duty to prevent such business being carried through in such thin houses; and, though he approved of the measure of lowering the duty on saltpetre, he must persist in moving that the House be counted.
There being only 17 Members, an adjournment took place.
HOUSE OF LORDS.
TUESDAY, JUNE 28. Counsel were called to the bar in the Committee of privileges, to prove the claim of Sir Cecil Bishop to the Barony of Zouch, and there being a deficiency as to the statement of one of the descents, they were desired to witha draw.
The Irish ship burning bill, the Irish corn intercourse bill, the Irish qualification indemnity bill, and the Irish militia transfer bill were committed. Report received, and ihe bills ordered to be read a third time the next day.
The lunatic estate bill, and the Scotch writers to the signet widows bill were read a third time, and pafled.--Adjourr.ed.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
TUESDAY, JUNE 28. · The report of the Committee on the wet docks' bill, and the further report of the Committees on the collection of the asseffed tax duties, 'and additional alfeffed tax bills, were deferred till the next day.
The Scorch aflefled duties' bill was read a second time, and committed for the next day.
The further confideratiou of the report of a real property bill, was deferred to Friday following.
SCOTCH MILITIA FAMILIES. On the order of the day being read for the further confideration of the report of the Committee on this bill,
Sir J. S. Erskine said, he meant to propose an alteration in one part of the bill, where, in the low counties of Scotland different provisions were made with regard to the appointment of deputy lieutenants, on account of the difficulty of finding persons duly qualified. He moved, as proper perfons were not to be found duly qualified according to the act. of Parliament, the magiftrates of the royal boroughs, and other magistrates, thould be allowed to act in that capacity-which was agreed to. He then observed, that as Edinburgh and Glasgow were to provide for the families of their own: militia, it would be right that the returns fhould be made to the town-clerks in those places; and moved an amendment to that effect, which was also agreed to.
Mr. Kinnaird, having been on the Committee to which this bill was referred, wished to explain to the House, that the reafon why they did not recommend provisions to be made for the families of substitutes was, from the local circumstances of Scotland, which would render such a measure fatal to the general subsistence.
The report was then agreed to, and the bill ordered to be read a third time on Thursday following.
SOUTHERN WHALE FISHERY. The House having, pursuant to the order of the day, refolved in self into a Committee on this bill,
Mr. Lee drew the attention of the Committee to a circumstance, which he could not, without neglect of his duty, pass over on this occasion-he meant the great advantage which English had over Irish vessels concerned in this trade. Besides granting a licence for the trade, the East India Company also allowed a considerable bounty on the arrival of the first cargoes, who brought the greatest quantity of whale oil or blubber into any of the ports of England, while no such advantage was held out for cargoes of a similar description, which should arrive at Irish ports. This benefit was also increased by further encouragements from the customs, while vessels railing from Ireland were excluded from them all. It was plain, however, that this was in direct opposition to the act of union, which stipulated for an equality in point of trade to the vessels of both ports of the united country, and yet nothing could be more unequal than the terms on which a vessel would fail for the south sea whale fishery to and from the port of Waterford, and those on which the same voyage would be performed from any of the ports of England. He gave notice of his intention to move for a clause to remedy the defect.
Lord Glenbervie replied, that if what the hon. Gentleman advanced, exhibited any well-founded complaint on the part of Ireland, it would undoubtedly receive all the attention it deserved. But, on more mature examination, he believed it would appear, that nothing was more disconnected than the encouragement here proposed, and the commercial provifions made by the articles of union, and the general subject of the complaint now made. In the year 1795, in the infancy of this trade, a premium was allowed on the greatest cargo of whale oil or blubber from the South Seas; and, though we had no union at that time, the House, in its liberality, consented to open that trade to Ireland. The premiums paid could not have been more than 10,000l. which were necessarily confined to the ports of England, where the money was paid, and even raised and defrayed out of the English customs, without at all coming into the account of the national expenditure or revenue. By the act of last session, it was thought proper that the premium should be allowed to remain five years longer. The present was only a continuation of that act, and the money being paid out of the collection of the English customs, formed no part whatever of the aggregate of the Irish contributions. Should it, however, be thought advisable to make a similar provision from Ireland, he should for one be happy to shew his regard for, and gratitude to, the Irish nation, for the kind. ness he experienced while in an official situation there, by giving it all aMistance and attention in his power; but then it must necessarily be brought forward, as a distinåt and spe