HC Deb 22 December 1854 vol 136 cc791-2

said, he begged to call the attention of the right hon. Gentleman the Chancellor of the Exchequer to a little paper which he held in his hand, and which was printed on one side by Thomas Stephenson, Wheeler-gate, Nottingham. It contained an article headed "Taxes on Knowledge," and also contained latest intelligence from Hamburgh, and extracts from the Moniteur. The proprietor stated that recently, before going to press, he was served with a writ by the Solicitor of Inland Revenue for the publication of intelligence connected with the war, and what he complained of was that telegraph notices should be allowed to be published with all kinds of intelligence, while the Government would not allow a paper of that kind to be published. It was not a periodical sheet, for it came out some days, and some days it did not come out—it did not come out in a series; and he conceived that whereas the clubs at the West End obtained publications on a single sheet by telegraph, he should be exempted from any interference on the part of the Government. He (Mr. Bright) would not ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what he intended to do in reference to this subject, but what he wished to do was to bring under his notice the annoyance to which honest citizens were put in various parts of the country who were endeavouring to enlighten the country as to how the great operations of the war were conducted, with respect to some of which he thought it would be better if they were not conducted at all. He therefore called the attention of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the subject, in the hope that he would prevent anything being done to annoy and throw expense on this individual, who was endeavouring to inform the public as to the events that were taking place.