HC Deb 21 June 1808 vol 11 c973
Mr. Eden

enquired, whether it was the intention of his majesty's ministers to found, on the report of the committee on the state of the West India trade, any measure except that of the distillation from sugar that had been already before the house.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer

replied, that the Distillation bill was not the only measure calculated to relieve the West India merchant. The lowering of the duties on coffee, and the increase of the duties an brandy, would have a similar tendency. It was not in the contemplation of his majesty's ministers to propose any other measure on the subject.

Mr. Barham

then gave notice of a motion on Thursday, respecting the state of he West India commerce.