HC Deb 24 May 1878 vol 240 c623

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether his attention has been directed to a paragraph in the "Liverpool Express" of the 23rd instant, headed "A Customs Blunder," in which it is stated that the bark "Enchanter," chartered with a cargo of salt and dynamite to Halifax, in Canada, was detained in Liverpool by a Government order; if so, whether it is correct that the vessel has been detained by a Government order, and whether a manufacturer of explosives in this country is to be prevented shipping as hitherto his products to his agents for sale in the British Colonies?


in reply, said, that if the hon. Gentleman would allow him to do so, he would give him an answer to the Question. His attention had been first called to the subject of the paragraph referred to by seeing the Notice. On inquiry, he found it was a fact that that vessel was detained, as stated in the Question; but the whole subject was under the consideration of the Law Officers of the Crown, and, until he was in possession of their opinions, he could not answer the last part of the Question.