HC Deb 06 March 1900 vol 80 cc257-8

1. "That, in lieu of the duty of customs now payable on tea, there shall be charged, levied, and paid on and after the sixth day of March, nineteen hundred, and until the first day of August, nineteen hundred and one, the following duty (that is to say):—

£ s. d.
Tea per pound 0 0 6."

Resolution read the first and second time.

Motion made and Question proposed:—"That the House doth agree with the Committee in the said Resolution."—(Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer.)

MR. JOHN REDMOND (Waterford)

The whole question as it presents itself to the Irish Members in this House has been discussed in Committee, and subsequent opportunities no doubt must arise when these questions can be discussed again on the Bills being introduced. Under these circumstances, I do not think we have anything to gain by putting the House to the trouble of four or five divisions at this stage, which would only have the result of marching Members through the lobbies, without putting a serious obstacle in the way of the granting of the money. Under these circumstances the Irish Members will reserve for a subsequent occasion the continuation of our protest against the allocation of this money.


I can quite understand what the hon. Member has just said, and I have to thank him for the manner in which, while preserving his own opinions, he has consulted the convenience of the House.

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