HC Deb 30 May 1895 vol 34 c640

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade, when he proposes to comply with Section 679 of the Merchant Shipping Act, which requires the Board of Trade, as soon as may be after the meeting of Parliament in every year, to cause the accounts of the Mercantile Marine Fund for the preceding year to be laid before Parliament, by so laying the accounts for the year 1894; and, whether these accounts will be so laid before the Estimates for 1895–96, in connection with the Mercantile Marine Fund, are brought on for discussion.


Under an Order of the Treasury made in 1889 and renewed in 1894 under the provisions of the Accounts Presentation Act of 1869, the accounts of the Mercantile Marine Fund are now presented only as part of the appropriation accounts for each year, and are presented shortly after the meeting of Parliament. Those for the year 1893–94 were so presented in February last.