HC Deb 21 March 1842 vol 61 cc938-9
Mr. Childers

inquired what amount of revenue was expected to be derived from the importation of foreign live cattle. He hoped, as this question was so very important to the graziers both of England and Scotland, the right hon. Baronet would be enabled at once to give a more satisfactory answer to it than he had given the other night, after three days' consideration, to that put by the noble Lord, the Member for Lincolnshire.

Sir R. Peel

said, the question put to him the other night by the noble Lord (Lord Worsley) was whether, knowing what the rests were in his sliding-scale, he was enabled to say what amount of duty would be received from the importation of foreign corn. He certainly did say that was a very puzzling question, but when he was now asked, when remitting prohibitions for the first time on the importation of foreign cattle, to state what amount of duty would be received, the question undoubtedly was still more difficult. He could only say, that the apprehensions entertained on the subject were very greatly exaggerated. He really could not conceive it possible that there would be such an import of either lean or fat cattle as could materially affect, if it would affect at all, the interests of the graziers. With reference to all such questions he must, once for all, declare that he made no pretensions whatever to the powers of that extraordinary calculator, who, on being given the height of the mast and the name of the captain, undertook to deter mine the latitude of the ship.