§ MR. BLACK moved for leave to bring in a Bill to abolish the Ministers' Money or Annuity Tax, levied within the city of Edinburgh, the parish of Canongate, and the burgh of Montrose. He had had the honour of introducing the Bill last year, when it was defeated on the second reading by a majority of only one. This odious impost had been the cause of much acrimonious dispute, and even of tumult, and ought to be abolished.
§ THE LORD ADVOCATE
did not intend to object to the introduction of the Bill, but the hon. Proposer must not be surprised to find him opposing the measure in its future stages.
§ Motion agreed to.
§ Bill to abolish the Ministers' Money or Annuity Tax levied within the City of Edinburgh, the Parish of Canongate, and Burgh of Montrose, as Vacancies occur among the present Ministers, and to make provision for their successors, ordered to be brought in by Mr. BLACK, Mr. BAXTER, and Mr. COWAN.