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HOUSE OF COMMONS, MONDAY, JULY j. THE SlG It DUTIES. The House resolved itself into a cuiuitiittee of the whole House oil tile sugar duties. Oti that part of the first resolution which imposes a duty of 13s. a cwt. on Muscovado or any other sugar, not .being equal in quahly to white clayed, from anil uiicr the Oth of July, iSlo., to the 5th of July, 1849. inclusive, Sir J. Pakington moved as an amendment that there sbotii(i 't)e imposed on the 5lh of July next a differential duty of, los. in favourofcotonialsngar. He proposed to levy this duty not by raising the duty oil foreign sugar, but by lowering it on colonial sugar. Mr. H. Drurrmond .complained that. on bothsides of the House hon. members were afraid to carry their principles Sully into efiect.. The WeHt Indians should have a right to getläGour where they pleased, and to import all their produce into this country fiee of duiy. Mr. V. Smith opposed the amendment, which would be equally .unsatisfactory to the producer and consumer ol su^.u. ilir. B. C< ehiane supported the amendment upon the principles so clearly laid down by Mr. H. Diummoun. lie wished to pro tcct the olonies, and preserve the faith of the Imperial Pari lament. Mr. Spooler, Mr. Godson, Mr. Mangles, Mr. G. itolmsOfi, Mr. Oswald, supported the claims of the West Indians upon the consideration of Parliament. The Chancellor of the Exchequer went over his former argu- ments in defence of the Government resolutions, and showed that the Government resolution would produce more benefit to the revenue than the amelldment of Sir J. Pakington. Mr. M. Gibson contended that in a case of this kind we ought to consider only the revenue of the State, and not the revenue of individuals. If we were to relieve the distress of the West India interest at the public expense, we must consider the causes and the extent that distress. Now, the West India interest was not the only interest distressed—it was not so much distressed as the cotton interest of Lancashire. Mr. T. Baring contended that a great alteration in the bill of 1S46 was necessary, but not such a one as that now proposed by her Majesty's Government. Lord J. iiusscll did not detain the House many mmutes in de- fending the proposal of Government against the amendment and reasoning of Sir J. Pakington, because he felt that the subject had already been exhausted in the former debate. j i i <- t Mr. D'lsyaeli, from the experience which he had had of the opinions of Lord J. Russell upon the revenue this session, could not repose much confidence in the correctness of his calculations as to tHe effects of this amendment upon it. Mr. C. Villiers contended that nothing could be more erroneous than the representation that the report of the committee oil sugar and coftiee had been agreed to by a majority of free traders. Lord G. lientiuek contradicted the facts stated by Mr. Villilers. He gave all analysis ot the composition of his committee, and after giving it appealed to the House whether its composition was not most fair and unobjectionable. Mr. Cardwell explained the course which had been followed by himself and Mr. Gladstone in the committee, and stated the rea- sons why they considered that protection would not be a satisfac- tory remedy for the distress of the West India colonies. The House divided, when the numbers were- "° Eor the amendment ••• Against it ,2jl~62r J After some debate as to proceeding with the resoiuaous, i.on J. Hu scil said as it appeared that the question could not be sett.ed before the 5 th of July, he would propose that the chairman should report progress to sit again on Friday next.

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