§ SIR HENRY PEEK
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether, on the opportunity promised for discussing the Budget Resolutions, he will be so good as to state the gross costs of the Customs and Excise Establishments; and, whether inasmuch as the four articles—Tobacco, Spirits, Tea, and Wine—produce nine-tenths of the entire Customs Duties, he will consider if a considerable saving may be effected by blending the two Departments?
THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHE-QUER,
in reply, said, that with regard to the gross cost of the two Establish-lishments in question, his hon. Friend the Member for Mid Surrey would find the particulars in the Estimates; but if there were any points on which further information was desired, he would be happy to supply it. The second part of the Question was a large one, and one which he (the Chancellor of the Exchequer) could hardly answer in the limits of a reply, but at the proper time he would be ready to answer it.