HC Deb 11 August 1882 vol 273 cc1621-2

Bill considered in Committee.

(In the Committee.)

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to.

Clause 3 (Colonial courts or tribunals to have jurisdiction to make inquiry into charges of misconduct or incompetency and shipping casualties in certain cases occurring outside the limits of the colony).

Amendment proposed, at the end of Sub-section (vi.) add "and who are competent witnesses."—(Mr. Whitley.)

Question, "That those words be there added," put, and agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Remaining clauses agreed to.

On the Motion of Mr. EVELYN ASHLEY, Amendment made, after Clause 5, by inserting the following Clause:—

(Appeal from Colonial Courts.)

Whenever any inquiry authorised by or in pursuance of this Act has been held, a rehearing of the case may be ordered, and if an application for such rehearing has not been made or has been refused, an appeal shall lie from any order or finding of the court or tribunal holding such inquiry to the following court, namely, the Probate, Divorce, and Admiralty Division of Her Majesty's High Court of Justice in England. Provided always, That no appeal shall lie from any order or finding in an inquiry into a casualty affecting a ship registered in a British possession, or from any decision respecting the suspension or cancellation of the certificate of a master, mate, or engineer, unless such certificate has been granted under the authority of 'The Merchant Shipping Act, 1854,' or any Act amending the same, or of 'The Merchant Shipping Colonial Act, 1869.' Any such appeal shall be subject to and conducted in accordance with such conditions and regulations as may from time to time be prescribed by general rules made under section thirty of 'The Merchant Shipping Act, 1876.'

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That the Bill, as amended, be reported to the House."


said, that, on behalf of shipowners and other persons connected with the Mercantile Marine of the country, he sincerely thanked the hon. Gentleman the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Evelyn Ashley) for his successful endeavour to pass this useful piece of legislation through the House.

Question put, and agreed to.

Bill reported, with Amendments; as amended, to be considered on Monday next.