East India Company Acts of Parliament

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Date Portcullis Reference Title Description
1708     Merged the two East India Companies
1719     An act outlawing British subjects from trading to the East Indies in foreign ships, or trading to and from the East Indies to other parts except Great Britain.
1732     A follow up of the 1719 Act for the better prevention of British subjects train to the East Indies under foreign flags.
1739     An act closing a loophole in the 1719 Act allowing people to trade to and from the East Indies via Ireland.
1767   Townsends Charter Act This Act recognised the acquisition of the Diwani of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa in lieu of an annual tribute to His Majesty's exchequer
1772 HL/PO/JO/10/3/263/54 East India Company Bill Petition of United Company of Merchants of England trading to East Indies
1773 HC/CL/JO/8/136-7 Regulating Act Under this Act, the governor of fort william was given primacy over other presidencies. He was designated as 'Governor General and Council of the Presidency of Fort William in Bengal'. A four member Council was appointed by parliament to assist the Governor General.
1781   Charter Act Superceded the 1773 Act
1784   Pitt's India Act Formed the board of control in London, and the Governor General's designation was changed into 'Governor General in Council' and the commander-in-chief of the King's army in India became an ex-officio member of the Council.
1780   Europa Act An act for granting further time for allowing the Drawback on the exportation of coffee imported by the East India Company, in the ship Europa in the year 1775
1786   An act to allow the East India Company to raise money by sale of annuities  
1786     A supplementary the Bill to Pitt's India Act for regulating the trial of persons who commit offences in the East Indies. Lord Cornwallis was appointed as the first Governor-General, and he then became the effective ruler of British India under the authority of the Board of Control and the Court of Directors.
1793   Charter Act
1813   East India Act Abolished the monopoly of the EIC in India, but it kept it in China
1817     Supplementary to the 1813 East India Act which to regulate the trade to and from the places within the Limits of the Charter of the East India Company, and certain possessions of George III in the mediterranean. Clarifies that British merchants may trade with Company possessions except China.
1833   Charter Act Abolished the monopoly of EIC trade with China. Replaced the Governor-General and Council of Fort William with the Governor-General and Council of India
1853   Charter Act Abolished the company's trading right and privilege of patronage. the Company had to rule India on behalf of the Crown
1858   India Act EIC abolished. The Governor General became a Viceroy

Historical books online

The government of India; a brief historical survey of parliamentary legislation relating to India by Sir Courtenay Ilbert 1922 Archive.org