The Lord Chancellor
expressed a doubt whether a petition against a tax imposed in the present session could be received.
§ Earl Stanhope
said, there could be no doubt of the practice of the House. He had himself presented a petition (which was received) against all the taxes which pressed on the farmer, some of which had passed in the same session. If a petition could be received against all such taxes, a petition might surely be received against one of them.
The Marquis of Lansdowne
observed, that the reason of the rule by which petions were not received in the Commons against a tax bill which was pending, was, that the Commons, being representatives of the people, might be influenced by the petitions of their constituents. The same reason did not exist in that House. It was also another consideration after the Bill had passed into a law.
§ The Petition begging for a general redress of grievances was received, and the other was for the present withdrawn.