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SPEECH

OF THE

RIGHT HONORABLE

NICHOLAS VANSITTART,

CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER,

In the House of Commons, February 20, 1815,

IN THE

Committee of ways and means.

First published with various Revisions and

Corrections in the PAMPHLETEER.

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COMMITTEE OF Ways and Means-New Taxes.] The Chancellor of the Exchequer moved the order of the day for going into a committee to consider further of Ways and Means for raising the supply granted to his Majesty. He also moved, That the several accounts presented in the last and present session of parliament, relative to the public revenue; and the Act of the 54th of his present Majesty, chap. 57 and 64, for continuing certain war duties, be referred to the said committee; which was ordered accordingly. The Speaker having left the chair,

The Chancellor of the Exchequer rose and addressed the committee. He observed that it would naturally be expected from him, to assign to the House the reasons which induced him to submit to its consideration the Resolutions he was about to propose, before the financial arrangements of the year had been completed, and could be distinctly laid before parliament. That statement he would make, as briefly as the nature of the subject would admit. The committee would recollect, that on the 5th of April next, the property tax would expire ; and that on the 5th of July following, the other taxes, granted for the service of the country during the war, would also cease and determine. It was, therefore, important for the House to take into consideration, as early as possible, whether the renewal of those taxes should take place, or

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