§ MR. R. ASCROFT (Oldham)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether any person has been appointed as Queen's Harbour Master for Hamoaze to superintend the execution of the provisions of the Dockyard Port Regulations Act, 1865; whether such person is solely responsible for seeing that the provisions of the said Act and Orders in Council relating thereto are carried out; and whether the Metropolitan Police are also empowered to act independent of the Queen's Harbour Master, and to bring actions against persons contravening the Act and Orders in Council arising therefrom; and, if so, under which Acts such power is vested in the hands of the Metropolitan Police?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY
The Staff Captain of Devon-port Dockyard is Queen's Harbour Master for Hamoaze. This officer is responsible for seeing that the provisions of any Order in Council issued under the Dockyard Ports Regulations Act, 1865, are carried out. The Metropolitan Police do not, so far as I know, institute prosecutions under the Act or Orders in Council; but, if they observe any infraction of the regulations, they report the matter, and if any legal action is necessary, the Queen's Harbour Master takes proceedings.