HC Deb 25 March 1841 vol 57 cc597-8
Mr. Goulburn

referred to the East-India Acts laid on the Table during the last three days, and called the attention of the right hon. the President of the Board of Trade to the ambiguity of the wording of one of the Acts, by which, according to his (Mr. Goulburn's) interpretation, it would be supposed that sugar could be imported into the presidency of Madras by land, though prohibited by sea.

Mr. Labouchere

said, he had taken the opinion of those parties connected with the India Board, who were best acquainted with the subject, and he found it was generally understood, that under the Act passed on the 10th of June by the President of the Council of Madras, the importation of foreign sugar into Madras, whether by land or sea, was as completely prohibited as the importation of foreign sugar into Bengal by the Act of the British Parliament. Of course, if there were any ambiguity in the wording of the Act, that ambiguity would be removed.