§ MR. KNATCHBULL-HUGESSEN (Kent, Faversham)
asked the President of the Board of Trade, Whether he is aware that the issue of lime juice on board merchant ships, as directed by section 4 of the Merchant Shipping Act of 1867, is frequently neglected; and, if that be so, if he will take steps to insure the carrying out of the provisions of that Act relating to this matter?
§ THE PRESIDENT (Sir MICHAEL HICKS-BEACH) (Bristol, W.)
I have no 750 reason to suppose that the provisions referred to are frequently neglected. Whenever a case is reported to the Board proceedings are at once taken either to inquire into the master's conduct in the matter or to sue for the penalties recoverable, if the circumstances justify it and if proceedings are possible.