HC Deb 16 March 1830 vol 23 cc430-1
Mr. Bright

wished to know from the right hon. the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intended to submit to the House his statement of the tendency and details of his intended bill respecting Stamps. He hoped that time would be afforded between the delivery of that state- ment, and the forwarding the measure to be founded upon it through its stages, in order that the public, who felt a deep interest in the matter, might have time to express its opinions on its tendency. To make known the substance of his measure would be the more necessary, as no petition could be presented against the bill, it being a money bill, after it was brought in. He trusted, therefore, that the right hon. Gentleman would make known the substance of his intended alterations, that the public might know how to proceed.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer

said, the object of his intended bill was merely to simplify what was intricate and obscure in the present Stamp-acts. The hon. Member would therefore, he was sure, at once see the inexpediency of departing from the usual practice of the House, by his making a statement like that which the hon. Gentleman had just asked for. He should probably move for a Committee of the whole House, and place a copy of the act in the hands of the Members, as he did not think much information could be obtained by his reading the schedule of Stamp duties.