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Majority, - - - - - - - 14 The Resolutions of the Report of the Committee of Ways and Mcans were read twice ard agreed to; after which the House adjourned.
HOUSE OF LORDS.
Tuesday, July 4. The Royal Aflent was given, by Commission, to the Stamp Duties Bill, including Newspapers, and Attornies Certificates Bill; the American Treaty Bill, and several private Bills.
The Commissioners were Lord Kenyon, (for the Lord Chancellor,) the Duke of Roxburgh, and Earl Spencer.
The Bills on the Table were forwarded in their several stages. Adjourned. -----------
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
Tuesday, July 4.
INSOLVENT DEBTORS BILL. The House resolved itself into a Committee upon the Insolvent Debtors Bill.
The Attorney General proposed that the blanks should be filled up. The provisions of the Bill were extended to prisoners charged in execution on or before the ist of January, 1797, whose debts should not exceed 12001. The Report was ordered to be received on Thuriday the 6th instant.
Mr. Wigley moved the second reading of Manning's Note Bill, which was opposed by
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, who objected to the Bill, because he did 1.0t think it proper that the general law, on this particular point, should be altered in favour of one person to the disadvantage of another, elpccially while that point was under litigation. Afier a few words froin Mr. Wigley, in support of the Bill, the question was put, and negatived without a division.
Mr. Il’illiam Smith moved that there be laid before the House, the net produce of all the taxes during the years 1793, 1994, 1795, and 1796, distinguishing the amount of the each tax each year.---Ordered.
On the Motion of Mr. Wilberforce, the Bill for permitting persons professing the Roman Catholic religion, and Proteftant Disinters, to serve as Officers in the Militia, was read a third time and pasted.--Adjourned.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
IV ednesday, July 5. Colonel Fullarton moved, that the 22d of his Majesty, respecting elections, be read. It was read accordingly. He then moved for leave to bring in a Bill to amend that Act, in order to extend the provisions of it to Scotland, in order to prevent officers of the excise and customs froin voting at elections.---Agreed to.
The House resolved itself into a Committee of Ways and Means.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved, that towards raising the Supply, 646,2501. be granted to his Majesty by way of Lottery. The Lottery to conlist of 55,000 tickets, at nil. 155. per, ticket. He also moved, that 3,200,000l. Exchequer Bills be granted to his Majesty, and that the allowance to the subalterns of the Army and Militia should be defrayed out of the Land Tax. Agreed to.
The House resolved itself into a Committee on the Bill for regulating the height between decks in slave ships.
Mr. W. Smith inoved, that the height should be four feet three inches.
Mr. Gascoyne proposed four feet.
After some conversation, in which Mr. Smith declared it to be his intention to propose next Seffion, that the height should be considerably greater, it was settled that the height in the present Bill should be four feet one inch.
The House resolved itielf into a Committee on the foreign trade to India.
Mr. Anftruther moved for leave to bring in a Bill to regulate the trade of foreign ships belonging to powers in amity with his Majesty, to the British possessions in India. .
Mr. Alderman Curtis hoped that some time would be given to examine the Bill, because it gave a considerable degree of alarm to the ship owners.
Mr. Anstruther said, that the Bill should be printed, but that it would be impolitic to delay the passing of it.---Leave was given to bring in the Bill.
The Scotch Militia Bill was read a third time and passed. Adjourned,
HOUSE OF LORDS.
Thursday, July 6.
MESSAGE FROM HIS MAJESTY. . Lord Grenville acquainted the Houle, that he had in his hand a message from his Majesty, which he moved might be read. This was ordered acordingly, and it was in words the same as that which was delivered, and which appears in the proceedings
of the Commons. The message being read, his Lordship moved that an humble Address be prfented to his Majisty, thanking him for his most gracious communication, and to assure his Majesty, that the Lords would comply with the contents of the same.
The Duke of Norfolk asked if the day was to be named for taking the meilage into contideration ? No answer being returned, after a short pause, his Grace said, that as a Negotiation was at this time pending, and as it was generally understood the French meant to demand fome concefiions, hu thought it would not be well or prudent to make at this time any provision which might appear as if we meant to continue the preference to Portugal in regard to her wines, as that might be an obstruction to any commercial Treaty, or perhaps even disadvantageous to a Treaty peace itself.
Lord Greuville faid, this was a question of policy which he did not think he was authorized to discuss at present.
On the second reading of the Catholic and Protestant Diffenters Supplementary Militia Bill, .
The Duke of Norfolk said that it was his intention to move an Amendment for an extention of the Bill. At present, he said, it only went to empower Roman Catholics and Protestant Dirsenters to hold Commissions in the Supplementary Militia and Provisional Cavalry. He meant to move that they be enabled to hold Commiffions in the regular standing Militia.
Lord Grenville moved that the Second Reading of the Bill might stand over to Tuesday next. Ordered.---Adjourned.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
Wednesday, July 5. ' MESSAGE FROM HIS MAJESTY. The Chancellor of the Exchequer brought down the following Meffage from his Majesty :
« GEORGE R. “ As the state of the public business may enable his Majesty to put an end, in a short time, to the present Session of Parliament, his Majesty, in the mean time, recommends it to his faithful Commons to make provision for any extraordinary expences that may be required for the further service of the year; and particularly to afford pecuniary assistance, if necessary, to his faithful Ally the Queen of Portugal, to enable her Majesty to repel any attacks that may be made upon her by the common enemy.”
The Meffige was ordered to be referred to a Committee of Supply.
INLAND NAVIGATION. The Cane!!or of the Exchequrer stated, that on account of the advanced period of the S:ton, and the objections that had been
made to the proposed tax on Inland Navigation, he would not, for the present year, press the tax; but he wished it to be understood that he considered it as a proper object of taxation, if it should happen that further taxes ihould be deemed necessary. He also gave notice that he should in the Committee of Supply, propose a substitute for the tax on Inland Navigation, and also tome further provitions for the better accommo, ation of the Cavalry.
Leave was given to bring in a Bill to prevent the counterfeito ing of the copper coin of the kingdom, made or to be made in consequence of any proclamation from his Majesty.
EAST INDIA JUDICATURE. The Report of the East India Judicature Committee was brought up, and on the question for its being read,
Major Metcalfe entered into some remarks upon the Resolution respecting the pensions to be granted to the Judges of the fupreme Court of Judicature. The salary and perquisites of the Chief Justice of Bengal amounted to 90641. a luin neariy double the salary of the Chief Justice of the Common Pleas of England, and greater than that of the Chief justice of tie King's Bench. It was clear, therefore, that if the Chief Justices of Bengal chose to live with æconomy, and confine their expences within 6oool. a year, the remainder would, at coipuu.d interest for twelve years, produce a sum of 81,000l. if they reduced their expences to goool. a year, the remainder of their lalary and perquisites would, at compound interest for the same term of years, realize a sum of 108,000l. a sum surely suficient for all the purposes of comforiable retirement. The advantages of the inferior Judges were in the same proportion, and therefore he thought the proposed allowance unneceflary and extravagant.
Mr. Dundas observed, upon what had fallen from Niajor Metcalfe, that the Judges must, to realize such a fortune, be as old as Methusalem, and behave as Jews employing their money in transactions that were usurious.
Major Metcalfe denied that it would be usury, for 12 per cent. was the legal rate of interest in India. The House divided upon the Refolution respecting pensions,
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33 The other Resolutions were then read and agreed to. Adjourned. No. 46. - IE
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
Friday, July 7.
BILL FOR INSOLVENT DEBTORS. The Insolvent Debtors' Bill was recommitted to a Committee of the whole House, in which two clauses were added; one that all debtors who are entitled to any annuity, or to the benefit of any deeds, charters, &c. shall be obliged to veft them in the hands of assignees, for the benefit of their creditors. The fecond, that creditors shall be allowed to prove their debts, the same as if the debtor had become a bankrupt. The Report was brought up, and ordered to be received on Monday the gth instant.
Mr. Bragge brought up a petition from the Merchants, &c. of Nottingham, against the Ship Owners' Bill.
COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY. . The Chancellor of the Exchequer, in a Committee of Supply, moved, that his Majesty's Message might be read, which being done--- he said he should not trouble the House more than to state that in compliance with the purport of the Message he had to propose, that the Committee would agree to the granting of the ,fum of 500,00ol. for whatever extraordinaries may accrue in the course of the present year. Out of this, he said, it might be neceílary to afford fome pecuniary aslistance to our Ally the Queen of Portugal, in case the war should unfortunately continue. He was not competent, at that time, to say how far that allistance would extend, but he was confident it would not go beyond the sum of 200,000l. He was convinced the Houle would be of the same opinion with himself, that it was necessary to preserve the independence of so valuable an Ally, and that the advance was not more than is requisite, and what good policy requires. There were some other objects to which the vute of credit applied; one was, to prevent several foreign corps, amongst which was the Prince of Condé’s, now employed in the West Indies, from being made a permanent expence. There were also some gratuities which his Majesty had it in contemplation to bestow on some other corps. These were the chief of the exigencies which were to be provided for by the Vote of Credit of 500,oool. which, he doubted not, would appear very reasonable and proper to every Member of the Committee. The Resolution was agreed to.
The House resumed; the Report brought up, and ordered to be received on Monday the gih instant.
In a Committee of Ways and Means,
The Chancellor of the Exchequer faid, that what he had mentioned yesterday, he fhould then repeat with regard to the tax an Inland Navigations, and that was, that though he had deter.