HC Deb 12 December 1963 vol 686 c126W
Sir Knox Cunningham

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, what action he has taken under Section 11 of the Merchant Shipping (Liability of Shipowners and Others) Act, 1958; and if he will make a statement with regard to the application of the Act in each of the colonies and in each country or place outside Her Majesty's Dominions in which for the time being Her Majesty has jurisdiction and in each territory consisting partly of one or more Colonies and partly of one or more such countries or places, respectively.

Mr. Fisher

The Merchant Shipping (Liability of Shipowners and Others) Act, 1958, which puts into effect the provisions of the International Convention relating to the Liability of Owners of Sea-Going Ships, has been extended, with modifications, to the Bahamas. Bermuda, the British Antarctic Territories, British Honduras, the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, the Falkland Islands and Dependencies, Fiji, the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony, Hong Kong, Kenya (Colony and Protectorate), Mauritius, the Seychelles, and the Virgin Islands, at the request of the Governments of those territories by Statutory Instrument 1963 No. 1632.

The principal modification is the omission of the provisions relating to wrecks and harbour works, basins or navigable waterways under Section 2 of the Act, for the reason that all the Governments concerned wish to make a permanent reservation under item 2 (a) of the Protocol of Signature to the International Convention. The other modifications are merely consequential to the application of the Act to overseas territories.