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II. This Act shall come into operation on the First Day Commenceof June One thousand eight hundred and fifty-four.

ment of Act. III. In the Construction of this Act the following Terms Interpretation shall have the respective Meanings herein-after assigned to them (if not inconsistent with the Context or Subject Matter); “ Her Majesty” shall include Her Majesty, Her Heirs, and “Her Majes

Successors: “ Lords of the Admiralty” shall include the Lord High Lords of the

Admiral and also the Commissioners for executing the Admiralty:"
Office of Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom of

Great Britain and Ireland for the Time being : “ Court of Admiralty” shall include the High Court of “Court of Ad

Admiralty of England, and any Admiralty, Vice-Admiralty, miralty.”
or other Court within Her Majesty's Dominions, which
shall be duly authorized to take Cognizance of and judi-

cially to proceed in Matters of Prize: “ Vice-Admiralty Courts” shall include all such Courts other “Vice-Admithan the High Court of Admiralty of England:

ralty Courts;" Judge" shall include'any Judge, Deputy Judge, Surro- “Judge:” gate, or other Person duly appointed to act as the Judge in any Court of Admiralty : Ship and Vessel” shall include all and all Manner of “Ship and Ships, Vessels, and Boats :

Vessel :" “ Her Majesty's Ships and Vessels of War" shall include all “Her Majesty's

Ships and Vessels belonging to Her Majesty, as also any sets of War:

hired armed Ships or Vessels in Her Majesty's Service: “ Officers and Crew” shall include all Flag and other "Officers and Officers, Engineers, Seamen, Marines, Soldiers, and others

Crew." on board any of Her Majesty's Ships or Vessels of War. 5 Government Accountant s shall include any Officer in "Government

charge of public Money, whether belonging to the Commis- Accountant.”
sariat, Customs, or any other Department, who may have
been, or may be hereafter, appointed by the Lords of the

Treasury or Admiralty. IV. Whenever any Ship, Vessel, Goods or Merchandise bas Proceeds ofany been condemned in any Court of Admiralty, or other Court Prize to be paid having competent Jurisdiction, whether as Prize of War, or in Prize Account. pursuance of any Act of Parliament relating to the Revenues of Customs and to Trade and Navigation, or to the Abolition of the Slave Trade, or to the Capture and Destruction of Pirates and piratical Vessels, or on any other Grounds, and the Proceeds arising therefrom have thereby or by Her Majesty's Proclamations become payable and distributable to and amongst the Officers and Crews of any of Her Majesty's Ships and Vessels of War, the Judge of the Court of Admiralty or other Court by which the Decree or Interlocutory Sentence shall have been pronounced shall forth with direct the said Ship, Vessel, Goods, or Merchandise to be appraised by competent Persons sworn to appraise the same, according to the best of their Skill and Knowledge, and shall direct the same to be sold

Bounties and
Salvage to be
paid to the
Naval Prize
Account

As to the Distribution of Proceeds, Bounty, Salvage, &c.

by the Marshal or other Officer of such Court, or by Persons to be appointed by the Court for that Purpose ; and the Proceeds arising therefrom, or if the said Ship, Vessel, Goods, or Merchandise shall have been released on Bail, then the appraised or agreed Value thereof shall be paid to the Account of Her Majesty's Paymaster General at the Bank of England on account of Naval Prize, or into the Hands of some Government Accountant within Her Majesty's Dominions.

V. All Bounties, whether for the Capture or Destruction of Enemies or Enemies' Ships or Vessels in Time of War, or for Captures or Seizures made under the Provisions of the several Acts of Parliament passed relating to the Revenues of Customs and to Trade and Navigation, or to the Abolition of the Slave Trade, or for the Capture and Destruction of Pirates and piratical Vessels, and all Awards for Salvage or other Services, whether the same shall have been by the Decree of a competent Court or by Agreement, and which shall be payable and distributable to and amongst the Officers and Crews of any of Her Majesty's Ships and Vessels of War, shall be forthwith paid to the Account of Her Majesty's Paymaster General at the Bank of England on account of Naval Prize, or into the Hands of some

Government Accountant within Her Majesty's Dominions, in order that the same may be transferred to the said Account.

VI. Whenever the Proceeds of any Ship, Vessel, Goods, or Merchandise, or any Bounty, Salvage, or other Award as aforesaid, shall have been paid into the Account of Her Majesty's Paymaster General at the Bank of England on account of Naval Prize, or into the Hands of some Government Accountant within Her Majesty's Dominions, the High Court of Admiralty of England or the Court which may have condemned the said Prize, or awarded the said Bounty, Salvage, or other Monies, may direct the Payment thereout of all Costs, Charges, and Expenses which may be chargeable against the same, or which may have been incurred by the Captor, his Attorney, or Agent, after such Costs, Charges, and Expenses shall have been taxed or allowed by the Registrar of such Court or his Deputy ; and the Balance of such Prize, Bounty, Salvage, and other Monies shall thereupon, and after the Time for appealing shall have expired, forth with be distributed by the Lords of the Admiralty to and amongst the Persons entitled thereto, after the same shall have been notified in the London Gazette.

VII. The Lords of the Admiralty, or any Party claiming any Interest in the Proceeds of any Prize, or in any Bounty, Salvage, or other Monies payable and distributable under the Provisions of this Act, may, prior to the Distribution thereof, resort to the High Court of Admiralty of England for the Purpose of obtaining the Judgment of the said Court in that Behalf, and the Judge of the said Court shall proceed to hear and determine the same, as also any Question of joint Capture which may arise thereon; and such Court shall have and

exercise

Parties claiming Benefit under this Act may resort to the Court of Admiralty.

exercise full Power, Authority, and Jurisdiction throughout Her Majesty's Dominions, and may enforce any Decree or Sentence of any Vice-Admiralty Court ; and all Vice-Admiralty Courts within Her Majesty's Dominions are hereby empowered, directed, and required to enforce upon all Persons within their respective Jurisdictions all Orders whatsoever of the High Court of Admiralty of England relating to any Matter arising under the Provisions of this Act.

VIII. The Judge of the High Court of Admiralty of High Court of England may, on the Application of the Lords of the Admiralty, Admiralty of or any Persons interested in the Proceeds of any Prize, or in compel Producany Bounty, Salvage, or other Monies, and on an Affidavit tion of Prothat the Proceeds of any Prize, or of any Bounty, Salvage ceeds, &c. or other Monies payable and distributable under the Provisions of this Act, or any Papers or Books relating thereto, are in the Possession of any Person, compel by Process of the Court, and by Monition and Attachment, the Production thereof, and the paying and transferring of such Proceeds into the Naval Prize Account as aforesaid, and the answering to such Interrogatories touching the same as the Court may approve, and may make such Order in the Premises touching and concerning the same, and the Costs of such Proceedings, as to it shall seem meet.

IX. Any Captor, or other Person who shall acquire or retain Penalty of Une the Proceeds of any Prize, Bounty, Salvage, or other Monies Pound per contrary to the Provisions of this Act, except for reason- Month on reable Cause to be allowed by the Court of Admiralty, shall pay taining ProInterest thereon at the Rate of One Pound per Centum per to this Act.

ceeds contrary Month for such Time as the same shall so be in his Custody or Possession, and such Interest shall be deemed to be Part of such Proceeds, and be paid and applied accordingly.

X. Whereas Her Majesty's Paymaster General is required Power to allow ' to make up, and transmit to the Commissioners for auditing in Paymaster • the Public Accounts, Accounts of the Receipts and Expen- Accounts

diture within his Department: And whereas numerous Pay- certain * ments are made by Her Majesty's Paymaster General by way Sums without

of Imprest and upon Account, under the Authority of Orders of Vouchers in • drawn upon him by the Heads of Departments in favour of detail. • Accountants and other Persons, who subsequently account to 'such Department for the detailed Application of such • respective Advances: And whereas numerous other Pay'ments are made by Her Majesty's Paymaster General upon · Orders in like Manner issued, the Vouchers for which are ' examined by the Department from which such Orders are

severally issued, and many of which Vouchers are necessarily « retained by such Department: And whereas it is expedient • that the Commissioners for auditing the Public Accounts • should be empowered to allow and pass Payments in the • Accounts of Her Majesty's Paymaster General in manner

hereafter provided :' Be it enacted, That the Commissioners for auditing the Public Accounts may allow and pass as final M 3

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Payments in the Accounts of Her Majesty's Paymaster General all such Sums paid and charged by him in his Accounts, on Production to them of the Warrants, Bills, Orders, or other usual Authorities in respect of which such Payments have been made, with the Acquittances or Endorsements of the Parties to whom such Orders are made payable, whether the same be stamped or not, without requiring the Production of any subordinate or other Voucher in support of any such Warrant,

Bill, Order, or other Authority. Power to allow XI. And whereas certain other Payments are made by in Paymaster · Her Majesty's Paymaster General upon Orders signed by General's Accounts Sums

' the Heads of Departments, and which are vouched by Persons paid on Certific present and witnessing the same, but no Receipts are given cate.

by the Parties to whom such Payments are respectively made :' Be it enacted, That the Commissioners for auditing the Public Accounts may allow and pass in the Accounts of Her Majesty's Paymaster General all such Payments vouched or certified by Persons present and witnessing such respective Payments, with

out requiring the receipts of the several Parties to be produced. Power to allow XII. • And whereas there are certain other Cases where it has in Paymaster General's

' not been found practicable to produce to the Commissioners Account Sums " for auditing the Public Accounts any Certificates from Persons paid under Cer- ' present and witnessing Payments, or the Receipts of the tificates of Heads of

• Parties to whom such Payments were respectively made, Departments. although such Certificates or Receipts have been produced to

• the Head of the Department:'Now be it enacted, That the said Commissioners for auditing the Public Accounts may allow and pass in the Accounts of Her Majesty's Paymaster General all Payments not supported by such Certificates or Receipts, on the Production to them of Returns or Statements signed by

the Head of the Department. Lords of the XIII. The Lords of the Admiralty may from Time to Time Admiralty may make such Rules, Orders and Regulations as may to them by Order in Council alter appear expedient for facilitating the paying of the Navy, and for

distributing the Proceeds of any Prize, or any Bounty, Salvage, paying the

or other Monies, as aforesaid, and for keeping the Accounts and Navy, and distributing

Expenses in relation thereto, notwithstanding any Provisions Prize Money, to the contrary contained in the Act of the Eleventh George

the Fourth, Chapter Twenty, and Fifty-fourth George the Third, Chapter Ninety-three, or in any other Act whatsoever; provided always, that such Rules, Orders, and Regulations are not inconsistent with the aforesaid Proclamations, or with any future Proclamation which Her Majesty may see fit to issue in that Behalf, and that the same shall not have any Force or Effect until they have been previously approved by Her Majesty in Council ; and such Orders in Council shall be presented to Parliament within Fourteen Days after the Date thereof, or if Parliament be not then sitting, within Fourteen Days next after

the ineeting of Parliament; and an Account showing all the Receipts and Expenditure on account of Naval Prize to the Thirty-first Day of March in each Year, signed

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by the Accountant General of Her Majesty's Navy, shall be annually laid before Parliament.

XIV. Provided, that nothing in this Act contained shall Act not to extend or be construed to extend to any Seizure of Ships, Seizures made Vessels, Goods, or Merchandise made by any Officer or Officers by Officers of of Customs, or of Inland Revenue or Excise, for any Breach Customs, &c. of the Laws or Regulations relating to the Customs, Inland Revenue, or Excise, or to Trade and Navigation.

CAP XX,
An Act to repeal an Act of the Fifty-third Year of

King George the Third, Chapter Seventy-two, and
an Act of the Eighth Year of Her present Majesty,
Chapter Twenty-one; and for making Provision for
the Appointment and for Remuneration of a Stipen-
diary Justice for the Division of Manchester in the
County of Lancaster, and of Clerks to such Justice
and the Justices for the Borough of Salford ; and for
other Purposes.

[2d June 1854.] WHEREAS by an Act (herein-after called the first-recited

Act) passed in the Fifty-third Year of the Reign of King George the Third, intituled An Act for the more effectual 13 G. 3. c. 72. Administration of the Office of a Justice of the Peace ' within the Townships of Manchester and Salford in the Hundred of Salford in the County Palatine of Lancaster, and ' to provide, by means of a Rate in the said Townships and other

wise, a competent Salary to a Justice of the Peace acting within 'the said Townships, and to enable the Constables of Manchester ' and Salford to take Recognizances in certain Cases, it was ' provided, that the Justice to be appointed under the Provisions

thereof should reside within One Mile of the Exchange in the · Town of Manchester, or of the New Bailey Court House in the Town of Salford, and should daily (Sundays excepted)

attend at the New Bailey Court House in Salford ; and it ' was thereby also provided, that the said_Township of - Manchester should contribute Seven Eighth Parts and the

Township of Salford One Eighth Part of the Salary payable to * such Justice, which Salary was by the said Act fixed at * One thousand Pounds per Annum : And whereas since the

passing of the said Act Her present Majesty has granted a

Charter of Municipal Incorporation to the said Township of Manchester, and the adjoining Townships of Chorlton-uponMedlock, Hulme, Ardwick, and Cheetham,and the Extra-parochial • District of Beswick, incorporating the same by the Name

of the Borough of Manchester, and has by a subsequent • Charter ordained that the Style of the said incorporated • Borough should thenceforth be the City of Manches er, instead

of the Borough of Manchester : And whereas a separate Com' mission of the Peace and a separate Court of Quarter Sessions have respectively been granted to and for the said City of

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