said, he would not oppose the Bill, though he entertained many objections to the measure. It was extraordinary that in the Municipal Bill when in the other House an objection should have been raised to the principle of a graduated scale of taxation, and yet that it should be sanctioned in this instance. Looking to the system of local taxation in Dublin, he did not think the principle of this Bill went far enough. The Government, before they introduced this measure, should have examined into the whole question of the local taxation of Dublin, with a view to remove the multiplicity of demands which were made upon the householders. One tax was raised in 455 Dublin which yielded only 5l. 2s. and another 22l. Such a system could only have the effect of making those persons hostile to the government of the day who were subject to these inconveniences.
§ Bill read a second time.