HC Deb 13 July 1858 vol 151 cc1398-9

said, he had presented numerous petitions to the House, signed by thousands of persons, complaining of the injustice inflicted both upon the public and the revenue by the high rate of duty charged upon fire insurance policies. He wished to know whether it was intended by Her Majesty's Government to revise the Stamp Act with a view to reduce the duty in question?


said, that, in the absence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, he could only say that it was the intention of his right hon. Friend to consider the question of revising the stamp duties generally; but he could not take upon himself to state how far that intention might extend with regard to the particular case of fire insurances.

Resolved, That this House will immediately resolve itself into the Committee of Supply.