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Stage Carriage Duties, &c.

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CA P. LXXVIII.
An Act to reduce certain Duties payable on Stage Carriages,

and to amend the Laws relating to Stamp Duties, and to
Bonds and Securities to the Inland Revenue.

[30th July 1855.] WHEREAS by an Act passed in the Session of Parliament

holden in the Fifth and Sixth Years of Her Majesty's 5& 6 Vict. c. 79. * Reign, Chapter Seventy-nine, certain Duties contained in a

Schedule to the said Act were granted and made payable, and ' amongst others the following Duties on Stage Carriages in Great Britain, (that is to say,) for and in respect of every Mile which • any Stage Carriage shall be licensed to travel the Duty of One

Penny Halfpenny, and for and in respect of every such supple' mentary Licence for a Stage Carriage as described in the said ' Schedule the Duty of Five Shillings; and it is expedient to * reduce the said Duties as herein-after mentioned :' Be it therefore enacted by the Queen'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, as follows :

I. From and after the First Day of July One thousand eight Duties on Stage hundred and fifty-five there shall be charged and payable to Her Carriages and Majesty, Her Heirs and Successors, the following reduced Duties Supplementary

Licences reon Stage Carriages in Great Britain ; (that is to say,) for and in

duced. respect of every Mile which any Stage Carriage shall be licensed to travel One Penny, and for and in respect of every such supplementary Licence as aforesaid the Duty of One Shilling, in lieu of the Duties granted in the like Cases by the said recited Act : Provided always, that nothing herein contained shall extend to reduce or affect any Duty which shall accrue or be incurred on or before the said First Day of July.

II. The said Duties by this Act granted and made payable shall Reduced Duties be raised, levied, collected, and paid in like Manner, and by and to be raised, under the like Powers and Authorities, Rules and Regulations, &c. under ex

isting Powers. as the said Duties granted by the said recited Act are now raised, levied, collected, and paid under or by virtue of any Act or Acts in force.

III. From and after the passing of this Act Section Twelve Section 12 of of the Act passed in the Second and Third Years of the Reign 2 & 3 W. 4. of His late Majesty King William the Fourth, Chapter One c. 120. repealed. hundred and twenty, whereby the Commissioners are authorized to compound with any Person for the Duties which may become payable in respect of any Stage Carriage, shall be and the same is hereby repealed.

IV. And whereas by certain Acts passed in that Behalf the Paper for • Commissioners of Inland Revenue are directed to provide Stamps Covers or En · for denoting the several Rates of Postage of Letters on Paper ters provided • provided by the said Commissioners for the Covers or Envelopes by any Person • of Letters, and it is expedient to provide for the stamping with may be stamped ' such Stamps Paper which any Person may send to the said with Postage

Commis- Stamps.

Stage Carriage Duties, &c.

Person may

• Commissioners for that Purpose: Be it enacted, That it shall
be lawful for the Commissioners of Inland Revenue and they are
hereby empowered, under such Regulations as the Commissioners
of Her Majesty's Treasury may from Time to Time make or
sanction in that Behalf, to stamp Paper which any
send to the said first-named Commissioners for the Purpose of
being stamped for Covers or Envelopes of Letters with Stamps
provided for denoting the several Rates of Postage, on Payment
of the Amount of the Stamps required to be impressed on such
Paper, and in Cases where such Amount shall not exceed Ten
Pounds upon Payment in addition thereto of such Fee as the said
Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury may direct or authorize

to be taken in such Cases. Prize Money V. “And whereas under and by virtue of Two several Acts Orders to be passed respectively, the one in the Second and Third Years of chargeable with the Reign of His said late Majesty King William the Fourth, the same Duties as Inland Bills.

Chapter Fifty-three, and the other in the Third and Fourth " Years of the said King's Reign, Chapter Twenty-nine, a Stamp • Duty of One Shilling is payable upon Orders made for the Pay'ment of Prize Money, or Bounty Money, or Money upon Grants

due to Non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers, and it is ex. pedient in lieu thereof to subject such Orders to the Stamp · Duties chargeable on Inland Bills, Drafts, or Orders :' Be it enacted, That the Stamp Duty of One Shilling payable under the said Two last-mentioned Acts on Orders made for the Payment of Prize Money, or Bounty Money, or Money upon Grants due to Non-commissioned Officers and Soldiers, shall cease, and in lieu thereof all „such Orders shall be subject and liable to the like Stamp Duties as Inland Bills, Drafts, or Orders for the Payment of Money of the same Amount and of the like Tenor or Effect

are now by Law subject and liable to. Sections 195, VI. And as to Bonds and other Securities relating to the Inland 196, and 197 of Revenue, all the Powers, Provisions, and Regulations concerning 16 & 17 Vict.

Bonds and other Securities relating to the Customs contained in c. 107. to apply Sections CXCV., CXCVI., and CXCVII. of the Act passed in to Bonds and Securities re

the Session of Parliament holden in the Sixteenth and Sevenlating to the teenth Years of Her Majesty's Reign, Chapter One hundred and Inland Re- seven, shall, mutatis mutandis, be deemed to extend and shall be

applied to all Bonds and other Securities entered into or given, or to be entered into or given, by any Person or Persons under the Provisions of any Act relating to the Duties of Excise, or to any other of the Duties or Matters under the Control or Management of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, or otherwise in relation, or incident thereto: Provided always, that in any Case in which, under the Provisions of the said Sections, any Certificate is required to be signed, or any other Matter is authorized to be done, by Commissioners of Customs, or any Number of them, any such Certificate or Matter in relation to any Bond or Security concerning or incident to the Inland Revenue shall respectively be signed and done by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, or the like Number of them.

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venue.

Burial of Poor Persons.

CA P. LXXIX.
An Act to amend the Law regarding the Burial of poor
Persons by Guardians and Overseers of the Poor.

[30th July 1855.] HEREAS by the Act of the Eighth Year of the Reign 7 & 8 Vict.

of Her Majesty, Chapter One hundred and one, Provisions c. 101. s. 31. were made for the Burial of poor Persons by Guardians and • Overseers of the Poor : And whereas, in consequence of the · closing of the Burial Grounds in many Parishes, and the Want

of adequate Space in others, great Difficulty is frequently found

in carrying into execution the above Provisions, and it is ex• pedient that other Provisions should be made :' Be it therefore enacted by the Queen'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 :

I. That where the Guardians of any Union or Parish, or any Where Burial of their Officers duly authorized in that Behalf, or the Overseers Ground of Paof any Parish not under a Board of Guardians, shall undertake rish closed or the Burial of any poor Person, or shall contribute Money or other Guardians or Aid towards the same, and the Burial cannot take place in the Overseers may Parish where, according to the Provisions of the said Act, the bury, in neighsame would have been required to take place, by reason of the bouring Parish. public Burial Ground of such Parish having been closed, and no other having been provided, or where, in consequence of the crowded State of such Burial Ground, the Guardians or Overseers respectively are of opinion that the Burial of such dead Body therein would be improper, it shall be lawful to bury such Body in a public Burial Ground (some part of which has been consecrated) of or in some other Parish as near as conveniently may be to the Parish wherein the Burial would have been required to take place according to the Provisions of the said Act : Provided, that in all Cases of Burial under the Direction of the Guardians or their Officers, or of the Overseers, as aforesaid, the Fee or Fees payable by the Custom of the Place where the Burial may be, or under the Provisions of any Act of Parliament, shall be paid by the said Guardians or Overseers for the Burial of each such Body, to the Person or Persons who by such Custom or under such Act of Parliament shall be entitled to receive such Fee or Fees.

II. The Guardians of any Union or Parish, or the Overseers Power to enter of any Parish not under a Board of Guardians, may from Time into Agreeto Time enter into Agreements with the Proprietors of

ments with Ce

any Cemetery established under the Authority of Parliament, or with metery Com

panies or Buany Burial Board duly constituted under the Statutes in that rial Boards. Behalf, for the Burial of the dead Bodies of any poor Persons which such Guardians or Overseers may undertake to bury, or towards the Burial whereof they may render Assistance; and thereupon the Burial of any such Body, under the Directions of the said Guardians or their Officer, or of such Overseers, or with

Burial of Poor Persons. Edinburgh Lands. their Aid respectively, in such Cemetery, or in the Burial Ground of such Burial Board, (unless the deceased Person, or the Husband or Wife or next of Kin of such deceased Person, have otherwise expressly desired,) shall be lawful : Provided, however, that no such Agreement shall be valid unless made in such Form and

with such Stipulations as the Poor Law Board shall approve. Construction of III. The Words contained in this Act shall be construed in Words to be as like Manner as in the Act of the Fifth Year of King William the in 4 & 5 W. 4. Fourth, Chapter Seventy-six, and in the several Acts incorporated c. 76., &c.

therewith.

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CAP. LXXX.
An Act to ratify conditional Agreements entered into by

the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Works and Public
Buildings; and to vest in the said Commissioners certain
Property situate near the College of Edinburgh in the
City of Edinburgh, together with the General Register
House in the said City, and all Lands held therewith; and
to enable the said Commissioners to acquire certain Pro-
perty near the Palace of Holyrood. [30th July 1855.]
WI

HEREAS in the Estimates for the Public Service passed

in the last Session of Parliament certain Sums were set apart for the Formation of a National Museum of Industry for Scotland, and in particular for the Purchase of Ground sufficient • for the Site of the said Museum, to be built in the Vicinity of the

Buildings of the University and College of Edinburgh within • the City of Edinburgh: And whereas the Commissioners of Her ' Majesty's Works and Public Buildings, incorporated by an Act • of the Session of Parliament holden in the Fifteenth Year of Her • Majesty, Chapter Twenty-eight, have been appointed to carry

out the Arrangements for the Purchase, Acquisition, and vest

'ing in them of the Ground required for the Site of the said Agreement, · Museum : And whereas in pursuance of such Appointment to dated 19th, 20th, “ the said Commissioners a Deed of Agreement has been entered and 220 March

• into between them on the one Part, and Robert Gray, Merand 7th and 20th April

chant, Edinburgh, Adam Black, Bookseller there, John Baird, 1855, for Pur. Grocer, Glimerton, Hugh Paton, Carver and Gilder, Edinburgh, chase of Pro- George Johnston, Temperance Hotel Keeper there, William perty near the

Auld, Shoemaker there, and John Peterson, Merchant there, the College of Edin. 5

surviving and acting Trustees vested in the Property and Buildburgh as a Site for a National

ings known as the College Street or Argyle Square Chapel, Museum of In

Edinburgh, therein-after described, for the Execution of the dustry. · Trusts connected therewith, created by the deceased John

Aikman, Minister of the Gospel in Edinburgh, by a Trust Dis• position and Settlement executed by him, and bearing Date the

Twenty-fourth Day of March One thousand eight hundred and

twelve, and recorded in the Books of Council and Session the * Fourteenth Day of February One thousand eight hundred and ' thirty-four, in favour of the said Robert Gray and others, on the other Part, the said Deed of Agreement bearing Date the

· Nineteenth,

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Edinburgh Lands.

· Nineteenth, Twentieth, and Twenty-second Days of March and • Seventh and Twentieth Days of April, all in the Year One ' thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, and recorded in the Books

of Her Majesty's Chancery in Scotland the Eighth and in the • Books of Council and Session the Tenth Days of May and Year • last mentioned ; and reciting that it had been deemed expedient ' towards the Formation of the said Museum that the absolute

Right to the said Property and Buildings should be acquired by

and vested in the said Commissioners; and reciting that the said • Commissioners, by and with the Consent of the Commissioners

of Her Majesty's Treasury, had agreed with the said Trustees • for the absolute Purchase of the said Property and Buildings at a

Price to be paid therefor of Two thousand Pounds Sterling ;

and reciting that the said Property and Buildings, being vested ' in the said Trustees for the Execution of the Trusts aforesaid, ' and no Power of Sale being conferred on them by the Titles ' under which they hold the same, it was not competent for the ' said Trustees to sell or dispose of the said Subjects, nor could

they grant a valid Conveyance and Disposition thereof to the

said Commissioners, without the Authority of Parliament; and ' by which Deed of Agreement it was agreed that the said Com' missioner should within a reasonable Time, and without undue • Delay after the Date and Execution of the said Deed of Agree'ment, (and at their own Expense,) apply for an Act of Parlia'ment empowering the said Commissioners to purchase and • acquire, and empowering the said Robert Gray, Adam Black, John Baird, Hugh Paton, George Johnston, William Auld, and John Peterson, as Trustees foresaid, and their Successors in • Office, or so many of them as are declared to be a Quorum by 'the Deed constituting the said Trust, and the Survivors or Sur• vivor of them, and all other Parties who were, could, should, or * might be interested, to sell and dispose of the said Property and • Buildings, and to grant, make, or execute, in favour of the said • Commissioners and their Successors, or other Disponees that • might be considered necessary, a good and valid Conveyance • and Disposition thereof, and all Rights and Pertinents held or + connected therewith, which Property and Buildings are stated • in the said Deed of Agreement to be described in the Title * Deeds as follows, viz., all and whole that Area, with the Chapel • or Place of Worship sometime ago erected thereon by the said John Aikman, situated at the West End of the College of Edin+ burgh, and bounded as follows, viz., by the Street leading from ' the College Wynd to the Potterrow on the East, the Street lead

ing along the North Side of the College to Argyle Square on the North, the Property of the Trades Maiden Hospital on the

West, and that large Tenement and Garden also belonging to • the said John Aikman on the South, together with a Servitude

over the whole Garden or Ground belonging to the said John Aikman lying behind the contiguous Tenement on the South of • the said Chapel, for the Purpose of preserving entire the Light

of the large Window in the South Side of the Chapel, with • free Ish and Entry to the said Place of Worship from both of

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