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j A PETITION TO THE HOUSE…

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A PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. A question was then raised by Mr Whalley in reference to a petition to the House of Commons passed at a pre- vious sessions, but not received, owing, as Sir Watkin ex- plained, to a technical error in the wording. The following is the petition :â To the Honourable the Commons of the C'nite1 Kinr/dom of Great Britain and Ireland in Parliament assembled, the humble petition of the Justices at Quarter Sesxioris assembled for the coiintu of Denbigh, humbly shoxeeth,â That the rates collected under the authority of this court for county nurposes form a heavy and annually increasing charge on real property (viz., lands and houses), in addition to the general taxes for imperial purposes which it bears in common with all property. That these charaes are for the most pirt in support of such objects as police buildings, for militia stores, lunatic asn-lutilo and the maintenance of lunatics whose settlement cannot be as- certained, coroners, prisons, and other matters connected with the administration of justice, Ac., all of which purposes are es- sentially of national import, and are maintained for the security of the life of all persons equally, and for the protection of every description of property. That only an average of little more than twenty per cent. of the amount of rates so collected under the authority of this court is, as respects its expenditure, in any way under its con- trol, while nearly eighty per cent, is expended under statute, and is therefore under control of the Imperial Government. These facts appear from a return printed by your honourable House on the 21st April, 1869, where the total amount of county rates spent under statute was £ 1,5S9,910. whilst the amount spent under control of the justices was only £359,451. It further appears from a return mrele to the House of Com- mons in the year 1867, that in Devonshire the whole of the county expenditure for that year was t39,000 the amount of that which was statutory, and over which the iiitzisti-ate- h:ul no control, was £ 33,000, and the amount under the independent jurisdiction of the magistrates was only £ 6,000, and that included salaries, bridges, highways, and other miscellaneous payments. the court cannot help further remarking that whilst remission of imperial taxation has been annually made for the benefit of the whole nation, very many newly-imposed burdens have been laid, chiefly if not wholly, upon house and land property. That p in justice to the ratepayers, and having regard to this local con- trol, this court prays your hon, house to take into your early consideration, whether it be not expedient to make some more equitable provision for defraying the expense of such objects as those to which these rates above-mentioned are devoted. And your petitioners, &C. It was remarked by MrWH Ali.EY that a very important alteration had been made in the petition, and one which he thought was very prudentânamely, the substitution of the following words "to make some more equitable pro- vision for defraying the expense." Now he objected to the petition altogether, because he thought it was an at- tempt on the part of landowners to throw off the taxes from their own shoulders, and put them on those of tradesmen and others. After some replies to Mr Whalley's remarks, the result was that Col. TOTTENHAM moved that the petition be ad- dressed as amended, which was seconded by Mr JOHNSON. Mr WHALLEY refused to propose an amendment, and Col. Tottenham's motion was carried.

FRIDAY. !

SHREWSBURY.

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