§ Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.
§ LORD ARNOLD
My Lords, as your Lordships are aware this is an annual Hill which confirms the Customs Resolutions passed by the Manx Legislature. The Bill is a Finance Bill which has been duly certified, and it is rarely, if ever, discussed in your Lordships' House. Indeed I think during the last two or three years there has practically been no statement about it at all. I would, however, inform your Lordships that the Manx Legislature is empowered to impose Customs Duties subject to the confirmation of the Imperial Parliament, though it would be, I believe, unprecedented for the Imperial Parliament to alter any Customs Duties which have 144 been passed by the Tynwald. There is really nothing unusual in the Bill this year, and I do not think that I need detain your Lordships by any further remarks. If any noble Lord has any question to ask I will do my best to answer him. I beg to move that the Bill be now read a second time.
§ Moved, That the Bill be now read 2a.—(Lord Arnold.)
§ On Question, Bill read 2a: Committee negatived.