HC Deb 08 September 1887 vol 320 c1769


WAYS AND MEANS—considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)

Motion made, and Question proposed, That, towards making good the Supply granted to Her Majesty for the service of the year ending on the 31st day of March 1888, the sum of £34,242,209 he granted out of the Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom.

MR. CLANCY (Dublin, Co., N.)

I intend at this stage, Sir, to draw attention to the treatment of the Irish tobacco manufacturers; but because the right lion. Gentleman the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr. Goschen) said—

THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

The right hon. Gentleman the Chancellor of the Exchequer said that the hon. Member could introduce this subject on Report of the Customs Vote. The right hon. Gentleman the Chancellor of the Exchequer is here himself now.


I am glad the right hon. Gentleman has just come in, because I am going to bring forward a question relating to Irish tobacco manufacture. I have been asked by persons interested in this trade to bring the matter I am about to deal with under the notice of the Committee; and I think that when the Committee have heard the facts which I have to lay before them they will come to the conclusion that a very gross act of injustice has been perpetrated upon an Irish trade which deserved better treatment at the hands of the present Government—indeed, at the hands of any Government of this country.


I understand the point the hon. Gentleman is going to raise is a question connected with the administration of the Excise Department.


I am going to object to a Vote proposed for that Department on certain grounds.


Then it will be appropriate for the hon. Member to do that on the Report of the Vote for that Department, which will come on in the course of a few minutes.


Would it not be possible to take the discussion now?


It is not appropriate to this Vote.

Question put, and agreed to.

Resolution to be reported To-morrow.