HC Deb 11 November 1958 vol 595 c166
2. Mr. Knox Cunningham

asked the Attorney-General what steps are being taken to consolidate the Merchant Shipping Acts, 1894 to 1958; and when such consolidating Measure is likely to be introduced.

The Attorney-General

It is not proposed to consolidate these Acts.

Mr. Knox Cunningham

Does not my right hon. and learned Friend think that, since there have been over forty Amendments since the 1894 Act, a start should now be made to consolidate the law, or is one of the reasons for not doing so the fact that it is now almost impossible to define what is a British ship?

The Attorney-General

It would be very difficult indeed, if not impossible, to consolidate these Acts in view of the large amount of revision that would be required.

Mr. Ernest Davies

Can the Attorney-General state what progress is being made in the consolidation of the Road Traffic Acts, which very badly need consolidation?

The Attorney-General

That is another question.