HC Deb 20 July 1877 vol 235 cc1563-4

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, When he proposes to lay the Ordinance relating to Trade and Customs at Gibraltar upon the Table of the House; and, whether in the event of such Ordinance receiving Her Majesty's confirmation it is intended to propose any Vote in this House to defray the cost of carrying its provisions into effect?


Sir, I laid a copy of the Ordinance on the Table of the House on June 22; and together with it the hon. Gentleman will find copies of all correspondence that has passed on the subject. It is not intended to ask any Vote to defray the cost of giving effect to its provisions; the slight expense incurred in consequence will be borne by the local revenue. It is sure to be submitted to the local Legislature, but I do not anticipate that it will be materially modified.


said, that the Ordinance excited much interest in many parts of England, and he wished to know, whether the House would have an opportunity of expressing its opinion on the subject?


in reply, said, that if the hon. Member would look at the Papers he would see that it had been promised that the Manchester Chamber of Commerce should be consulted, and that a copy of the document should be laid on the Table of the House. The Ordinance had now been on the Table for a month or so, during which time there had been ample opportunities of calling the attention of the House to the subject, and he would not promise to afford any further opportunity.


gave Notice that he would take the first opportunity that the Forms of the House allowed of calling attention to the Ordinance.