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THE EARL OF DUNDEE rose to move, That the Draft National Insurance (Mariners) Amendment Regulations, 1959, be approved. The noble Earl said: My Lords, these particular Regulations, which will come into force next Monday if your Lordships approve them, amend the principal Regulations which govern the payment of National Insurance contributions by shipowners in respect of seamen who are neither resident nor domiciled in the United Kingdom. As your Lordships will see from the draft Regulations, the Amendments are really concerned with definition because the formula
engaged in regular trade on foreign stations",
which has been covered for a long time, is becoming a little difficult to administer under conditions of modern trade. These new Regulations are the result of discussions between the Ministry and the National Maritime Board which represents both shipowners and seamen's unions. The proposed Regulations are approved by both sides of the shipping industry, and also by the National Insurance Advisory Committee which considered them and reported in their favour on March 11. They were approved by the other House last Thursday. I beg to move.
§ Moved, That the Draft National Insurance (Mariners) Amendment Regulations, 1959, be approved.—(The Earl of Dundee.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.