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the said Treaty, Instructions, and Regulations, and this Act, may in like Manner be pleaded in Bar, or given in Evidence under the General Issue ; and every such Plea in Bar, or Evidence so given under the General Issue, shall be deemed and adjudged to be a good and complete Bar to any such Claim, Action, Suit, or Proceeding in the said High Court of Admiralty, or in any Court or Place other than such Mixed Courts ; any thing in any Act or

Acts, or Law or Laws, to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding. This Act not to X. And be it further enacted, That nothing in this Act conaffect any thing tained shall be deemed or construed in anywise to alter, susin any!Act for pend, affect, relax, or repeal any of the Clauses, Penalties, Forthe Slave Trade, feitures, or Punishments contained and enacted in any Act or

Acts made for the Suppression or Prevention of the Slave Trade ; but that all such Acts, and all Clauses, Regulations, Penalties, Forfeitures, and Punishments therein respectively contained, shall ‘remain in full Force and Virtue, any thing in this Act contained

to the contrary notwithstanding. General Issue XI. And be it further enacted, That if any Action or Suit shall may be pleaded. be commenced, either in Great Britain or elsewhere, against any

Person or Persons, for any thing done in pursuance of the said Treaty, or the Instructions or Regulations, thereto annexed, or of this Act, the Defendant or Defendants in such Action or Suit may plead the General Issue, and give this Act and the Special Matter in Evidence at any Trial to be had thereupon, and that the same was done in pursuance and by the Authority of the said Treaty, Instructions, or Regulations, or of this Act; and if it shall appear so to have been done, the Jury shall find for the Defendant or Defendants; and if the plaintiff shall be nonsuited, or discontinue his Action after the Defendant or Defendants shall have appeared, or if Judgment shall be given upon any Verdict or Demurrer against the Plaintiffs, the Defendant or Defendants shall recover Treble Costs, and have the like Remedy for the same as Defendants have in other Cases by Law.

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56 G. 3. c. 98.

CA P. LV. An Act to consolidate the Boards of Stamps in Great Britain and Ireland.

[2d July 1827.] :

HEREAS by an Act passed in the Fifty-sixth Year of the

Reign of His late Majesty King George the Third, intituled An Act to unite and consolidate into One Fund all the Public Revenues of Great Britain and Ireland, and to provide for the Application thereof to the general Service of the United Kingdom, (the several Funds called the Consolidated Fund of Great Britain, . and the Consolidated Fund of Ireland, respectively, were con

solidated, and made to constitute One general Fund, called • • The Consolidated Fund of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland :' And Whereas, for the promoting the Object

of the said Act, an Act was passed in the Fourth Year of His present Majesty's Reign, to consolidate the several Boards of • Customs, and also the several Boards of Excise, of Great Britain and Ireland : And Whereas, for further promoting the Ob'ject of the said first-mentioned Act, it is expedient that the • several Duties now under the Management of the Commissioners of Stamps for Great Britain and Ireland respectively should be • under the Management and Control of One Board of Commis• sioners; and that for that Purpose the Commissioners of Stamps . in Great Britain should be by this Act constituted Commis

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sioners of a Board of Stamps for the Management of the said . Duties in the whole of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland ;' Be it therefore enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That from and after From 5th Oct. the Fifth Day of October, One thousand eight hundred and twenty 1827, the seven, the Persons respectively being on that Day Commissioners Powers of the of Stamps for Ireland shall cease to be such Commissioners, of Stamps in and that all Powers and Authorities at that Time vested in them Ireland shall shall no longer be vested in or exercised by them; and that from cease, and the and after the said Fifth Day of October the Persons respectively Commissioners being on that Day Commissioners of Stamps for Great Britain of Stamps in shall, without any further Commission or other Authority than this shall act for the Act, be and become Commissioners of Stamps for the United United KingKingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, for the Collection and dom. Management of the Revenues respectively arising in and throughout the whole of the said United Kingdom from Stamps, or from any other Duties which by any Act or Acts shall on the said Fifth Day of October be under the Management of the Commissioners of Stamps in Great Britain and Ireland respectively; and that the said Duties shall thenceforth be collected by and paid to the said Commissioners of Stamps for the said United Kingdom, in the same Manner as such Duties shall theretofore have been collected by and paid to the Commissioners of Stamps for Great Britain and the Commissioners of Stamps for Ireland respectively.

II. And be it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for His His Majesty to Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, from time to time, from and appoint such after the said Fifth Day of October, to appoint, under the Great Persons as he

thinks tit to be Seal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, such

CommisPersons as he shall think fit to be Commissioners of Stamps for sioners. the said United Kingdom; and that as well the said Commissioners to be appointed by His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, as aforesaid, as the said Commissioners by this Act constituted Commissioners of Stamps for the said United Kingdom, shall respectively be and remain Commissioners of Stamps during His Majesty's Pleasure.

III. Provided always, and be it enacted, That nothing in this Nothing herein Act contained shall extend or be construed to extend to repeal to repeal or or alter any Act or Acts, or any Provision in any Act or Acts alter any Act, in force, relating or having reference to any Duties under the except as herein

authorized. Management of the Commissioners of Stamps in Great Britain or Ireland respectively, at or immediately before the passing of this Act, except so far as such Act or Acts, or any Provisions therein, are expressly repealed or altered by this Act.

IV. And be it further enacted, That any Three or more of such All Powers Commissioners of Stamps shall constitute a Board of Commis- vested in Comsioners of Stamps for the whole of the United Kingdom ; and missioners that such Board shall have, use, and exercise, throughout the generally may,

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United Kingdom, all and every such Powers and Authorities as more of them.

are now given to or vested in, or as might be used and exercised by the whole of such Commissioners of Stamps, or by any Num. ber of them, under or by virtue of any Act or Acts in force at or immediately before the passing of this Act, in Great Britain or Ireland respectively; and all such Powers and Authorities shall be and are hereby given to and vested in such Board of Commissioners of Stamps for the United Kingdom for the Time being, as fully and effectually, to all Intents and Purposes what soever, as if such Powers and Authorities, and all Clauses, Regulations, Provisions, Penalties, and Forfeitures in any Act or Acts relating thereto respectively, were severally and respectively repeated and re-enacted in this Act, and made Part thereof; and all Rules, Orders, Regulations, Acts, Matters, and Things, which shall be made, directed, and done by such Board of Commissioners, in anywise concerning any Duties or Revenues under the Control and Management of the Commissioners of Stamps in Great Britain or Ireland respectively, or relating to the Collection or Management of such Duties and Revenues respectively, and which by any Act or Acts, Law, Usage, or Custom, in force at or immediately before the passing of this Act, are or were authorized or required to be made or done, or which might be made or done, by the Commissioners of Stamps in and for Great Britain or Ireland respectively, in relation to the said Duties or Revenues respectively, shall be and be deemed to be as good, valid, and effectual in the Law, to all Intents and Purposes, as if made or done under any such Act or Acts by the Commissioners heretofore separately acting for Great Britain or Ireland respectively, or any Number of them; and all Persons whosoever, in any and every Part of the United Kingdom, shall be subject and liable to the same Pains and Penalties for doing, or omitting to do, any Act, Matter, or Thing relating to or in anywise concerning any of such Duties or Revenues respectively, contrary to any Orders or Directions, Rules or Regulations, of such Commissioners of Stamps for the United Kingdom, as such Persons respectively would have been subject and liable to for doing, or omitting to do, the same Acts and Matters or Things respectively, contrary to any Order or Direction of the Commissioners of Stamps for Great Britain or Ireland respectively, by

virtue of any Act or Acts in force at or immediately before the Powers vested passing of this Act: Provided always, that in all Cases where by in any stated any Act or Acts in force in Great Britain and Ireland at or Number of

immediately before the passing of this Act, any Act, Matter, or Commissioners

Thing is expressly authorized or required to be done by any may be exercised by such

particular or described Number of Commissioners of Stamps less Number. than Three, all such Acts, Matters, and Things being done by

such lesser Number of Commissioners shall be good, valid, and All Orders, &c. effectual, to all Intents and Purposes : Provided also, that all in force at the

Orders, Directions, Rules, and Regulations in force at the Time passing of this Act to remain

of the passing of this Act, which are not altered or varied by this in force. Act, or contrary to any of the Provisions thereof, shall remain in

full Force and Effect until the same shall be abrogated, annulled, altered, or varied by the Commissioners of Stamps for the United Kingdom under this Act.

V. And,

V. And, for facilitating the Execution of the Powers hereby Commissioners vested in the said Commissioners, be it further enacted, That may direct their it shall and may be lawful for the said Commissioners of Stamps executed by for the United Kingdom, under the Authority in Writing of the Deputy in IreLord High Treasurer or the Commissioners of the Treasury of land. the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, or any Three of them, and subject to such Rules, Regulations, and Provisions as the said Lord High Treasurer or the Commissioners of the Treasury shall from time to time direct, to delegate to any Officer or Officers or other Person or Persons in Ireland, by any Writing under their Hands, all or any of the Powers and Authorities hereby vested in the said Commissioners of Stamps for the United Kingdom, for the Collection and Control of the said Revenue in Ireland, or in anywise relating thereto, and to authorize, direct, and empower every such Officer or Person to do and execute all and whatever they the said Commissioners, or any of them, might themselves do and execute in pursuance of this Act; and all Matters and Things whatever which shall be done by any such Officer or Person, in pursuance of such Delegation or Direction, shall be as effectual to all Intents as if the same had been done by the said Commissioners of Stamps for the United Kingdom. • VI. And be it further enacted, That if, in any Court whatever, Proof that upon any Indictment, Information, Trial, Proceeding, or Occa- Commissioners sion whatever, and whoever shall be Parties therein, any Question

or Officers did

act as such shall arise concerning any Commissioner of Stamps, or concerning shall be sufany Officer or Person acting or employed under the Authority of ficient, without any Act relating to the Duties under the Management of the producing Commissioners of Stamps, or by or under the Authority or Orders Commission or of such Commissioners, or concerning the Right or Title of

Authority.

any such Commissioner, Officer, or Person respectively, to hold, exercise, enjoy, execute, or perform any such Office, Duty, or Employment, then and in every such Case it shall be sufficient to prove that any such Commissioner or Officer or Person respectively was reputed to be, and did act as, and did in fact execute the Office or Employment of such Commissioner, Officer, or Person respectively, at the respective Time or Times when the Matters in controversy shall happen to have been done or committed, or omitted or neglected to have been done or performed ; and in every such Case such Proof shall be deemed and taken to be good and legal Evidence, without producing or proving the particular Patent, Appointment, Commission, Deputation, Authority, or Order whereby any such Commissioner, Officer, or other Person was constituted, appointed, or employed, and without any Evidence being given that such Commissioner, Officer, or other Person had performed or obtained the several Requisites or Authorities, or any of them, prescribed by Law, for the enabling or authorizing such Commissioner, Officer, or other Person respectively, to execute such Office, Duty, or Employment respectively, unless by other Evidence the contrary be made to appear; any Law, Custom, or Usage to the contrary thereof in anywise notwithstanding

VII. And be it further enacted, That whenever, in any Pro- Averment of ceeding by Action of Debt, Bill, Plaint, or Information in any of certain ProHis Majesty's superior Courts of Record in any Part of the United ceedings rela

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shall be suf- Kingdom, or by Civil Bill in any Court of any Recorder, Chairficient Evi.

man, or Assistant Barrister in Ireland, or by Information or Comdence of the Fact that such plaint before any Justice or Justices of the Peace in any Part Proceedings

of the United Kingdom, for the Recovery of any Stamp Duty or were taken. Duties, or Part of any Stamp Duty or Duties, remaining due and

unpaid, or for the Recovery of any Fine, Penalty, or Forfeiture incurred under or by virtue of any Act or Acts in force relating to any Duties under the Management of the Commissioners of Stamps, any Statement, Allegation, or Averment shall be made, that any Act, Matter, or Thing had been or was done, or that any Proceeding had been or was taken, or that any Licence, Warrant, Instrument, or Authority was granted or signed, or that any Notice was signed by the Commissioners of Stamps, or by any subordinate Officer of Stamps, or by any Person or Persons, under and in pursuance of any Act or Acts in anywise relating to any Duties under the Management of the Commissioners of Stamps, or that any Act, Matter, or Thing had been or was done, or that any Proceeding whatsoever had been or was taken, by any such subordinate Officer of Stamps, or by any other Person or Persons, under and in obedience to the Orders and Directions of the Commissioners of Stamps, or that any Proceeding for the Recovery of any Penalty or Forfeiture was commenced, prosecuted, entered, or filed by or by the Order of any Officer or Person thereto authorized by Law, every and any such Statement, Allegation, or Averment shall be and shall be deemed and taken to be sufficient Evidence of any and every Fact so stated, alleged, and averred, without any other or further Evidence of any such Fact, unless by other Evidence the contrary shall be made to appear; any Law, Custom, or Usage to the contrary thereof in anywise not

withstanding All Commis- VIII. And be it further enacted, That all Commissions, Desions, Depu- putations, and Appointments granted to any Officers of the Comtations, Ap- missioners of Stamps in Great Britain or Ireland respectively, at pointments, and Securities,

any Time before the passing of this Act, and in force at the Time to remain in

of the passing of this Act, shall remain in full Force and Effect force.

until the same shall be revoked or recalled ; and all such Officers respectively shall continue to hold such respective Commissions, Deputations, and Appointments; and all such Commissions, Deputations, and Appointments shall be deemed, construed, and taken to be good, valid, and effectual, and as if the Persons holding the same had been appointed by the said Commissioners of Stamps for the United Kingdom; and the Persons holding the same shall have full Power and Authority to execute the Duties of their respective Offices and Appointments, and to enforce all Laws, Re. gulations, Penalties, and Forfeitures relating to the Duties and Revenues for which they shall have been appointed, as fully and effectually, to all Intents and Purposes, as if they had been appointed by the said Commissioners of Stamps for the United Kingdom; and all Bonds and Securities to His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, or to the Commissioners of Stamps in Great Britain or Ireland respectively, or any Officer or Person in their Employ, which shall have been given by any Officer of Stamps, or by any other Person or Persons, and their Sureties respectively, for the securing the Payment of any Duties under the

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