§ On the Motion of Mr. Spring Rice, the House resolved itself into a Committee on the Irish Coal Trade Acts.
§ Mr. Spring Rice
said, that an inquiry had been made into the claims of the meters to compensation for the loss of their trade by this Bill, and the result was, that they had made good their claims. Government thought, that as it was a local grievance that was removed by the Bill, the fund for compensation ought to be obtained by a local tax. He, therefore, proposed a resolution, that it was expedient to levy a Custom-house duty of 4d. per ton upon all coals imported into Dublin, not being Irish coals, in order to raise a fund for compensating meters of that port.
§ Resolution agreed to.