After 1825, the administrations of Liverpool and Canning were obliged to beat off a number of determined attacks on their legislation for freer trade. The outstanding campaigns in this respect were those launched from ‘out of doors’ by the silk and shipping interests. These were preceded by representations from a variety of quarters concerning the export of machinery, representations which led to a compromise in favour of additional status and power for the Board of Trade. In the accompanying debates, the businessmen in the Commons carried the burden of the case against the liberal trend of government policy.
KeywordsFree Trade Business Interest Public Revenue Silk Industry Economic Doctrine
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