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For amending the Act for Regulating the Prison

at Millbank.

[Note.—The Words printed in Italics are proposed to be inserted

in the Committee.]

HEREAS by an Act passed in the seventh year of the Preamble:

reign of Her Majesty, intituled, “ An Act for regulating 6 & 7 Vict. the Prison at Millbank,” it is enacted, that such of the Inspectors of c. 26. Prisons as shall be appointed for that purpose by one of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, shall have the same powers and duties with respect to the said Prison which the Visiting Justices of any other Prison have with respect to their Prison :

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And whereas it is expedient that the persons to whom the said powers and duties are entrusted should not in all cases be Inspectors of Prisons ;

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BE it Enacted, by The QUEEN's most Excellent MAJESTY, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, THAT from and after the passing of this Visitors of Act it shall be lawful for one of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries Prison to be of State to appoint any fit and proper persons to be Visitors of appointed. the said Prison, and from time to time to remove any of such Visitors, and to appoint another or others in his or their stead ; and that the persons so appointed Visitors of the said Prison shall during their appointment have and perform the same powers and duties with respect to the said Prison, which the Visiting Justices of

any

other Prison have with respect to their Prison, and which under the said Act of the seventh year of Her Majesty's reign are vested in or to be performed by the Inspectors of the Millbank Prison, and all other 665.

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the powers, duties and functions vested in and to be performed by
“ The Inspectors of the Millbank Prison" under the said Act;
and all the powers, duties and functions which under the said Act
may be exercised and performed by One or by Two of such Inspectors
respectively, may be exercised and performed by One or by Two of 5
such Visitors, as the case may be ; and all the provisions of the said
Act in relation to such Inspectors shall from and after the appoint-
ment of such Visitors as aforesaid be applicable to such Visitors.

2. Incorporation of Visitors.

And be it Enacted, That the said Visitors and their successors shall be a body corporate, by the style of “ The Visitors of the Mill- 10 bank Prison,” and by that name shall have perpetual succession and a common seal, and may sue and be sued in all Courts, and before all Justices and others,

3. Powers of Inspectors to

cease.

And be it Enacted, That from and immediately after the first appointment of such Visitors as aforesaid, the powers, duties and 15 functions of the Inspectors of the Millbank Prison, under the said Act, shall cease and determine.

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For further regulating the Money Order Depart

ment of the Post Office.

[Note. — The Words printed in Italics are proposed to be inserted

in the Committee.]

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HEREAS by an Act passed in the fourth year of the Preamble.

reign of Her present Majesty, intituled, “ An Act for the Regulation of the Duties of Postage,” it is enacted, that the mode of transmitting small sums of money through the Post-office by means of

Money Orders, under regulations which had been made by the Post5 master-general, with the concurrence of the Commissioners of Her

Majesty'sTreasury,might have continuance so long as the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury should see fit:

And whereas it is expedient to make further provisions as to Money 10 Orders granted or issued by the Post-office;

BE it therefore Enacted, by The QUEEN's most Excellent MAJESTY, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled,

1. and by the Authority of the same, THAT no Money Orders hereto.

Money Orders 15 fore granted under or by virtue of the said regulations or of the said granted under

recited Act, shall remain, continue or be in force for a longer period continue in than

calendar Months from and after the passing of this limited time. Act; and that from and after the expiration of that period all liability to pay such Money Orders by or on the part of the Postmaster595

general,

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general, or of any officer of the Post-office, or of the Post-office
Revenue, shall absolutely cease and determine: Provided always,
That it shall be lawful for the Postmaster-general, and he is hereby
authorized, with the consent of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's
Treasury, to pay any such Money Orders in special cases, or under 5
special circumstances, after such period shall have expired : Provided
also, That it shall be lawful for the Commissioners of Her Majesty's
Treasury, at any time or times hercafter, by warrant under their hands,
to alter the period hereby fixed and limited for the payment of Money
Orders heretofore granted, and to fix any other period for the pay. 10
ment of the same ; such alteration, nevertheless, not to commence or
be in force until after the expiration of

calendar Months after due notice of the proposed alteration shall bave been given in the “ London Gazette."

Orders.

2. Postmaster And be it Enacted, That it shall be lawful for the Postmaster- 15 general may make Regu.

general, with the consent of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's lations regard- Treasury, at any time hereafter, to make any regulations or restrictions

relating to Money Orders either heretofore granted or issued, or to be
hereafter granted or issued, and to the payment thereof, and to the
persons by or to whom the same shall be paid, and to the times at 20
which and the mode in which the same shall be paid, as the said Post-
master-general with such consent as aforesaid shall see fit; and that all
such regulations and restrictions shall be binding and conclusive, as well
upon the persons to whom such Money Orders have been or shall be
granted or issued, and the payees thereof, and all persons interested or 25
claiming under them, and all other persons whomsoever, as upon all offi-
cers of the Post-office; and all such regulations and restrictions shall have
the same force and effect in all respects as if the same had been and were
contained in and enacted by this Act; and that no action, suit or other
proceeding at law or iu equity shall be brought, instituted or com- 30
menced in any court or before any Judge or Justice, or otherwise
howsoever, against the Postınaster-general or against any officer of the
Post-office, or against any other person whomsoever, for or by reason
or in consequence of the making of any such regulations or restrictions,
or of any compliance therewith, or otherwise in relation to any such 35
regulations or restrictions, or for or by reason or in consequence of
the payment of any such Money Orders being refused or delayed by
or on account of any accidental neglect, omission or mistake, by or
on the part of any officer of the Post-office, or for any other cause
whatsoever, without fraud or wilful misbehaviour on the part of any 40
such officer of the Post-office; any law, statute or usage to the con-
trary in anywise notwithstanding.

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3. And be it Enacted, That it shall be lawful for the Postmaster- Postmastergeneral at any time hereafter to repay or refund the amount of any refund

general may Money Orders either heretofore granted or issued or to be hereafter amount of granted or issued, to the person or persons to whom the same have Orders. been or shall or may be so granted or issued, whether such Money Orders shall remain or be in the possession of such person or persons or not; and that in all cases from and immediately after any such repayment or refunding as aforesaid, all liability by or on the part

of the Postmaster-general, or of any officer of the Post-office or of 10 the Post-office Revenue, for or in respect of such Money Orders, or

of the granting or issuing of the same, or of the repayment or refunding the amount thereof, shall, as against the payees of such Money Orders and the holders thereof, and all other persons whomsoever, absolutely cease and determine.

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And be it Enacted, That every officer of the Post-office who shall Punishment grant or issue any Money Order with a fraudulent intent, shall in Eng- Post-office

on Officers of land and Ireland be guilty of Felony, and in Scotland of a high crime issuing Money and offence, and shall, at the discretion of the court, either be transported fraudulent

beyond the seas for the term of Seven Years, or be imprisoned for any 20 term not exceeding Three Years.

intent.

5. AND for the more effectual prosecution of offenders ; BE it Indictment. Enacted, That in any indictment or criminal letters for any felony or misdemeanor committed, or attempted to be committed, in the United

Kingdom, in, upon or with respect to the Post-office, or the Post25 office Revenue, or in, upon or with respect to any property, monies,

money orders, goods, chattels or effects, under the management or control of the Postmaster-general, or where any act, mutter or thing shall have been done or committed by any person, with or for any malicious,

injurious or fraudulent design, intent or purpose, in anywise relating to 30 or concerning the post office, or the Post-office revenue, or any such pro

perty, monies, money orders, goods, chattels or effects as aforesaid, or
the Postmaster-general, it shall be sufficient to lay any
in, and to state or allege the same to belong to, and to state or allege

any such act, matter or thing to have been done or committed with 35 intent to injure or defraud “Her Majesty's Postmaster-general;” and

in all indictments and criminal letters relating to or in anywise concerning the department of the Post-office, it shall be sufficient to name and describe the Postmaster-general as “ Her Majesty's Postmastergeneral,” without any further or other name, addition or description whatsoever.

such property

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And be it Enacted, That whenever the Warrant of the Commis

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Warrants of sioners of Her Majesty's Treasury is required by this Act, such Commis

sioners of the 595

Warrant Treasury.

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