§ Order for Third Reading read.
§ Bill read 3°.
The CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER moved the addition of the following clause:—
And whereas divers rules, orders, and regulations have from time to time been made by the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Customs, in pursuance of the powers conferred upon them by certain Acts passed in various Sessions of Parliament, some of which Acts have since been repealed; and doubts having arisen whether such rules, orders, or regulations are still of legal force and efficacy; Be it therefore enacted, that all rules, orders, and regulations already made or issued by or under the authority of the said Commissioners, under or in pursuance of any Act or Acts relating to the Customs, or to Trade or Navigation, although such Act or Acts may have been repealed, shall be and continue in full force and effect, so far as such rules, orders, and regulations are consistent with the provisions of the laws in force relating to the Customs, or to Trade or Navigation, unless and until the same shall be revoked or rescinded, and that all Acts whatsoever done or to be done in pursuance of any such orders, rules, and regulations shall be valid and effectual.
§ Clause brought up, and read 1°.
§ Motion made, and Question put, "That said Clause be now read a Second Time."
§ The House divided:—Ayes 50; Noes 14: Majority 36.
§ Clause read 2°, 3°, and added.
§ MR. NEWDEGATE moved, in page 2, line 35, after the words "a true account," to insert the words "of the quantities and real value." He considered that the insertion of these words would form an additional security for the correctness of the Customs accounts.
§ The CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
objected to the insertion of the words without due notice being given to all persons whose interests would be affected, and to whom considerable inconvenience would be occasioned; but he would not object to consider the question of an improved system of Customs accounts in another Session.
§ Question, "That these words be there inserted," put, and negatived.
§ Bill passed.