HC Deb 16 February 1831 vol 2 c616

The House went into a Committee on the Excise Acts.

Mr. Herries

said, that he did not rise to oppose the Speaker's leaving the Chair, because he understood that the noble Lord intended, to-night, to confine himself to the Resolutions respecting Coals and Candles. If this were so, he would not detain the House on the present occasion; but he begged it to be understood, that he reserved to himself the right of entering fully into the discussion of the other pans of the noble Lord's Budget.

Lord Althorp

did not suppose that any observations were necessary, to show the utility of abolishing the tax on Candles. It would relieve all those who possessed the raw material of this useful manufacture from the restraints of the Excise laws. Labourers, and small farmers, and other persons so disposed, might, should this tax be abolished, make their own candles without any restriction. The reduction which the abolition of the tax would cause in the price of the article, would be a great benefit to the poor, and he therefore should content himself by moving "That the duties on Candles made in Great Britain, and on Candles made in Ireland, and brought from thence into Great Britain, and on Licenses taken out by makers of Candles in Great Britain and Ireland, and all drawbacks granted and payable on the removal of Candles from Great Britain to Ireland, and on the exportation of Candles to foreign parts, shall cease and determine."

Resolution agreed to, and the House resumed.

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