HC Deb 08 July 1831 vol 4 c978

An Hon. Member begged to ask the noble Lord, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it was the intention of Government to make any alteration in the great and unnecessary expense of the Custom-House of the Isle of Man. This small Island lying nearly in the centre of the kingdom, had as large an Establishment as if it were 1,000 miles off. What necessity was there for an Inspector-General of Customs with a salary of 400l. or 500l. a-year, whose place was merely a sinecure? He hoped the noble Lord, as he was engaged in reforming the Custom-House of would not forget that Island.

Lord Althorp

replied, that all departments of the Custom - House were at present under the consideration of the Treasury, and those of the Isle of Man would not be lost sight of. It was not the intention of Government to keep up any useless offices.

Mr. Goulburn

recommended caution in their proceedings, a total change of the regulations was not necessary.

The House resolved itself into a Committee of Supply.