HL Deb 16 May 1843 vol 69 c412
The Earl of Warwick

having presented several petitions for the abolition of the Malt-tax,

The Earl Fitzwilliam

said, could not but hail with satisfaction the presentation of the petitions. He agreed with the petitioners, and would be prepared to give effect to the wishes of the petitioners. He was himself of opinion, that the Malt-tax was a most mischievous, a most injurious tax to the consumer and to the farmer, and that, it was a very clumsy mode of levying a tax upon the land, He trusted the noble Lord would be prepared to support the prayer of the petition which be had now to present—it was from Kirkaldy and its vicinity praying for the entire abolition of the Corn-law,

Petition laid on the Table,