HC Deb 04 May 1877 vol 234 c317

asked the President of the Board of Trade, If he will obtain and lay upon the Table of the House the official papers containing the tables of rates and charges of various kinds leviable on the trade and shipping entering and leaving the Great North Sea Harbour of Holland, passing up and down the new Canal, and for loading and discharging at the quays of Amsterdam; and also such other statistics of trade, &c. as will show the progress since this great work was opened?


Sir, the tariff of tolls and rates leviable for the use of the new canal from the North Sea to Amsterdam was, on the 30th of March last, published in extenso in The Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, which is much more accessible to the British trade that use the canal and harbour than any Parliamentary Paper can be. The ordinance of the Dutch Government for the general regulation of the navigation of the canal, containing upwards of 70 Articles, was also published in extenso in the same paper on the 25th of December last. As the canal was only opened in November last, statistics of trade, &c., for so short a time would not be of much value.