§ MR. ANSTEY
said, that by the 3rd of Geo. IV., chap. 53, the sale of any species of roasted vegetable instead of coffee was forbidden, except under a license, which, according to that Act, dealers in coffee could not obtain, the object of the Legislature being to secure the sale of a cheap beverage to the public, and to prevent adulteration. Now, he wished to know whether it was true, as stated in a 750 memorial before the House, that in 1840 the Administration took upon themselves by a Treasury order to suspend the operation of that Act, by issuing instructions to the excise officers not to subject parties to a 50l. penalty, but to permit grocers and teadealers to sell chicory equally with licensed dealers in that drug? The hon. and learned Member then proceeded to put several other questions bearing on the same subject, when—
The CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHE- QUER
begged pardon if he had misconceived the day. He confessed that he was not prepared to answer the long string of questions which had just been asked; but if they were repeated on Monday, he would endeavour to reply to them seriatim.