HC Deb 27 June 1853 vol 128 cc903-4

Order for Committee read; House in Committee.


said, he must complain that the hon. Gentleman the Secretary to the Treasury, after authorising him to state that there would be a separate Bill for the Isle of Man, had combined the new regulations respecting that island with the general Bill.


said, it had been found, on going into the matter, that the Acts of the Isle of Man were so simple and so short that they would only occupy four clauses in the Customs Act; and the convenience of all parties, it was found, would be best consulted by putting them into the General Consolidated Act. A letter had been written three weeks ago, stating this determination, and he believed it had met with the approbation of the people of that island. With regard to the Bill generally, the greatest possible care had been taken in framing it to simplify as much as possible the various laws which regulated the Customs, and to render intelligible to the community every technical phrase and term. The Bill was necessarily one of considerable length; but, compared with the length of the Acts which it consolidated, it occupied not more than one-fourth of the space which the present Acts occupied. The Bill would be printed and in the hands of Members on Wednesday, and it would be before the country for three weeks, in order to give an opportunity for the examination of its details.


said, he Could deny that the Bill was satisfactory to the inhabitants of the Isle of Man, and he must protest against the statement of the hon. Gentleman to that effect.


said, from communications with which he had been intrusted, he also believed the Bill was viewed with dissatisfaction in the island, and he should take the first opportunity of laying the statements on the subject in his possession before the House.

Resolved— That the Chairman be directed to move the House, that leave be given to bring in a Bill to amend and consolidate the Laws relating to the Customs.

Resolution reported.

Bill ordered to be brought in by Mr. Bouverie, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Mr. Wilson.

House resumed.