§ SIR GEORGE BADEN-POWELL (Liverpool, Kirkdale)
I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the clause in the War Revenue Bill now before the American Senate, which imposes heavy tonnage dues on vessels arriving in the United States, has been definitely abandoned; and whether tonnage dues will continue to be levied as heretofore under the Act of Congress of 1886?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY
No further information has been received up to the present time with regard to the subject of my honourable Friend's Question.
§ MR. DAVITT
May I ask the right honourable Gentleman, arising out of this Question, whether these tonnage dues are not considered by the American people to be a necessary means of raising a revenue to meet the expenses of carrying on a war waged in a righteous cause, and whether this outcry against the dues is not inconsistent with the professed English sympathy with the United States?