Read transcripts of debates in both Houses
Produced by Commons Library, Lords Library and Parliamentary Office Science and Technology
Search for Members by name, postcode, constituency and party
Learn about their experience, knowledge and interests
A year-long programme of events, projects and resources
Discover what happens at the start of a new Parliament
Find out how you can get involved in the work of Parliament
Tickets for tours through to 30 January 2016 are now available
New audio tours in Brazilian Portuguese now available
Book a school visit, classroom workshop or teacher-training session
Access videos, worksheets, lesson plans and games
In February 1765 the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented a Bill to the House of Commons which sought to impose 'stamp duties' in the American colonies and the West Indian plantations on all legal and official papers, such as deeds, wills and ship's papers, as well as on pamphlets, newspapers, and even dice and playing cards.
The Bill met with little real opposition in the Commons, and although several petitions were received against its provisions these were rejected. The Lords agreed to the Bill without amendment on 8 March, and it received Royal Assent by commission, as George III was ill and unable to attend Parliament, on 22 March 1765.
An Act for granting and applying certain Stamp Duties, and other Duties, in the British Colonies and Plantations in America, towards further defraying the Expences of defending, protecting and securing the same; and for amending such Parts of the several Acts of Parliament relating to the Trade and Revenues of the said Colonies and Plantations, as direct the Manner of determining and recovering the Penalties and Forfeitures therein mentioned
Find out more about the Parliamentary Archives