§ Sir WILLIAM PAGE WOOD
said, he was desirous of putting a question to the right hon. the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in consequence of very considerable apprehension that had been induced in the minds of a number of persons engaged in the manufacture of Chicory, by a statement made recently by a noble Lord (the Earl of Derby) in another place. The question he had to put on behalf of those persons, who had invested considerable property in the cultivation and manufacture of Chicory on the faith of the Treasury Minute of August, 1840, was, whether it was intended by Her Majesty's Government to make any and what alteration in the Treasury Minute, and whether such alteration would take immediate effect?
§ The CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
The Treasury Minute of August 1840, has not been rescinded; and if it be altered, it will be altered in a way that will not disturb or injure the fair trader.