§ Sir J. Newport
moved for leave to bring in a bill for regulating the revenue of customs and excise in Ireland. To shew the necessity of this Measure, he stated that the Customs and excise were still under the management of the same number of commissioners that had been appointed in 1704, when they produced only 284,000l., while their present Produce might be estimated at 3,500,006l. The different boards had been found insufficient to transact the necessary business With the same accuracy as in this country, and their various departnients Were not sufficiently subdivided. This had arisen from the multiplicity of the business, compared with the smallness of their number. It was also proposed to commit the trial of revenue causes to the commissioners, which would still further increase their labours. It was, therefore, intended that some addition to their number should be made. The motion was then agreed to.