§ The provisions of this Act with respect to compulsory pilotage shall not apply to tugs, dredgers, sludge-vessels, barges, and other similar craft—
- (a) belonging to or hired by a port, dock, harbour or river authority whilst employed in the exercise of the statutory powers or duties of the authority and navigating within any pilotage district which includes within its limits the whole or any part of the area of the authority; or
- (b) belonging to a local authority whilst employed in the exercise of the statutory powers or duties of the authority and navigating within the
2363 pilotage district within which the port to which they belong is situate.
§ Mr. JOYCE
I beg to move at the end of paragraph (b) to add the words: "Provided that where in any pilotage district any of the classes of vessels aforesaid were at the time of the passing of this Act in practice subject to compulsory pilotage, the pilotage authority may by bye-law provide that any of such vessels shall continue to be so subject."
This is an agreed Amendment and is intended to get over a difficulty that exists in shipping in Liverpool districts. Without this Amendment great hardship would be inflicted on the men there.