HC Deb 23 March 1842 vol 61 cc1117-8
Mr. C. Buller

asked, what course the Government intended to pursue with respect to the Forged Exchequer-bills Bill? No opposition was, he believed, intended to be offered to the measure, and it was very hard that it should be postponed. It should be recollected that there was a number of individuals whose fortunes and characters were depending on the settlement of the measure.

Sir R. Peel

said, that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has been anxiously seeking for an opportunity to bring on the bill, but none had presented itself, although the House had sat every day until half-past one or two o'clock. It was necessary that the bill should be brought on at an early hour, because the late Solicitor-general had given notice of his intention to move some amendments.

Lord J. Russell

said, it was true that his learned Friend the Member for Worcester intended to move some amendments to the bill, and, therefore, it was desirable that it should, if possible, be brought on some day at an early hour. The amendments-were confined to a particular point, and would not give rise to a general discussion. He wished to ask the right hon. Baronet a question upon another point. The right hon. Baronet had referred to the machinery established under the Property-tax Act of 1806, as being the model for that which he intended to introduce into his bill. Now it would be very desirable that the House should have an opportunity of comparing that act with the right hon. Baronet's bill; and he, therefore, wished to know whether the right hon. Baronet would have any objection to the reprinting of the act of 1806?

Sir R. Peel

thought, it might be pro- ductive of convenience to have the act reprinted, and it should be done.

Sir G. Clerk

said, that probably there might happen to be a sufficient number of copies of the act at the Queen's stationers, in which case it would be unnecessary to reprint it.

Sir R. Inglis

asked when the Exchequer-bills Bill would be proceeded with?

Sir R. Peel

said, he could not do better than propose that the bill should come on at live o'clock on Monday the 4th of April.

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