HC Deb 19 February 1845 vol 77 c751
Mr. George Smythe

wished to ask a question of the First Lord of the Treasury, which was of importance to a large class of persons. It was, whether it was the intention of the Government only to reduce, or altogether to take off, the duty on Sperm Oil.

Sir R. Peel

said, the duty on sperm oil was not to be given up at once, but the Government did intend to provide for ultimately relinquishing that duty; but they would postpone it to such a period as not to interfere injuriously with existing interests. He might as well state now, that after the 5th of January, 1849, the duty on sperm oil would cease. [Laughter.]

The House in Committee of Ways and Means, Mr. Greene in the Chair,