§ MR. J. D. WHITE (Dumbartonshire)
To ask the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the fact that many of the statutory rules and orders relating to merchant shipping are those made more than twelve years ago under Acts which have now been repealed and consolidated by The Merchant Shipping Act, 1894: and whether he will consider the advisability of having this subordinate legislation properly revised and co-ordinated under that Act before the close of the present year.
(Answered by Mr. Lloyd-George.) I am aware of the fact that several statutory rules and orders relating to merchant shipping made before 1894 are still in force. These rules and orders were: expressly saved by Section 745 (1) (a) of The Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, and continue as if they had been made under that Act. As the rules or orders become obsolete, or require amendment, they are replaced by new ones made under the Act of 1894. This process is continually going on, and if the hon. Member will inform me of any rules or orders that he thinks need revision, the question of revising them shall be considered.