HL Deb 07 August 1914 vol 17 cc466-7


Order of the Day for the Second Reading read.


My Lords, the object of this Bill is to give effect to the International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea which was signed in London last January. For some considerable time it has been the object of this country and of all nations to bring their arrangements in regard to safety of life at sea more or less into harmony. This Bill deals with certain contingencies, such as the obligation of ships to go to the assistance of other ships in case of distress, and what they should do in certain conditions when they meet ice, and the Bill makes it compulsory on all passenger ships carrying more than fifty hands to have wireless telegraphic apparatus installed. The Bill has met with no opposition in the other House, and I trust that your Lordships will agree to pass it through all its remaining stages this afternoon.

Moved, That the Bill be now read 2ª.—(The Earl of Granard.)

On Question, Bill read 2ª.

Committee negatived: Then (Standing Order No. XXX IX having been suspended) Bill read 3ª.


I have a small Amendment which I beg to move. It is to add a new subsection at the end of Clause 29.

Amendment moved— Insert the following new subsection— (5) This Act shall come into operation on the 1st day of July, 1915. Provided that His Majesty's Government may, by Order in Council from time to tune, postpone the coming into operation of this Act for such period not exceeding on any occasion of postponement one year as may be specified in the Order.—(The Earl of Granard.)

On Question, Amendment agreed to.

Bill passed and returned to the Commons, and to be printed as amended. (No. 242.)