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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Personal Volume

Thursday, 20th April

page 105

Thursday, 20th April.

This Conference was desired by their Lordships upon the subject-matter of the last Conference concerning the Bill for impositions on merchandise, &c., wherein the Commons communicated to the Lords, as their resolution, That there is a fundamental right in that House alone, in Bills of rates and impositions on merchandise, as to the matter, the measure, and the time.

And, though their Lordships had neither reason nor precedent offered by the Commons to back that resolution, but were told that this was a right so fundamentally settled in the Commons that they could not give reasons for it, for that would be a weakening of the Commons' right and privilege,—

Yet the Lords in Parliament, upon full consideration thereof, and of that whole Conference, are come to this resolution, neminc contradicente:—

"That the power exercised by the House of Peers in making the amendments and abatements in the Bill intituled "An Act for an additional Imposition on several Foreign Commodities, and for encouragement of several Commodities and Manufactures of this Kingdom," both as to the matter, measure, and time, concerning the rates and impositions on merchandise, is a fundamental, inherent, and undoubted right of the House of Peers, from which they cannot depart."