HC Deb 11 February 1842 vol 60 c293
Mr. Milner Gibson

wished to ask a question of the right hon. Baronet, the Member for Tamworth. By the existing tariff, the importation of salt meat, fresh meat, live cattle, sheep, and swine, was wholly prohibited. Did her Majesty's Government propose to continue that prohibition.

Sir R. Peel

said, that on the day when he should open the views of her Majesty's Government with respect to the financial and commercial policy which they were prepared to recommend to the House, he would fully state their intentions with respect to these and other articles in the tariff. He hoped, therefore, that he would not be pressed into any premature discussion; and he trusted that the hon. Gentleman would be content now with the expression of his opinion, that it was not desirable to maintain the system of prohibition which now existed. It appeared to him that a system of absolute prohibition was altogether wrong.

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