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Fisheries (North America). Army Service Act Amendment. Acts at vari- I. All Acts of Parliament and Laws which operate to prevent ance with the the Provisions of the said Treaty from taking full Effect shall, so

far as they so operate, be suspended and of no Effect during the suspended.

Continuance of the said Treaty. When Act to II. This Act shall come into operation in each of the said Colocome into ope- nies of Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward ration.

Island as soon as the same shall have been received and proclaimed by the Officer administering the Government of such

Colony. Provision for III. Whenever the necessary Laws shall have been passed by Extension of the Legislature of Newfoundland, and approved by Her Majesty, the Treaty to Newfoundland.

for giving Effect to the Provisions and Stipulations of the said Treaty as it respects that Colony, it shall be lawful for the Officer administering the Government of Newfoundland by his Proclamation to declare that, after a Time fixed in such Proclamation for that Purpose, the Provisions and Stipulations mentioned or referred to in the Sixth Article of the said Treaty shall extend to the said Island of Newfoundland so far as they are applicable to that Colony, and thereupon from the Time so fixed the said Provisions and Stipulations shall be so extended and have full Effect accordingly, any Act of Parliament, Law, Custom, or Usage to the contrary notwithstanding.

CA P. IV. An Act to amend the Act for liniiting the Time of Service in the Army.

[27th February 1855.] 10 & 11 Vict. 'W HEREAS by an Act passed in the Session holden in the c. 37.

"V Tenth and Eleventh Years of Her Majesty, Chapter - Thirty-seven, “ for limiting the Time of Service in the Army,"

it was enacted, that no Person should be enlisted to serve Her Majesty, or in the Forces of the East India Company, as a · Soldier, for a longer Term than Ten Years in the Infantry or • Twelve Years in the Cavalry or Artillery, or other Ordnance • Corps, to be reckoned from the Day on which the Recruit

should have been attested, if he should have stated himself to be ' then of the Age of Eighteen Years, or if not, then from the Day • on which he would complete the Age of Eighteen Years, to be ' reckoned according to the Age stated in his Attestation : And it ' was thereby also enacted, that any Soldier at any Time during ' the last Six Months of the Term of limited Service for which ' he should have been first engaged, or after the Completion of ' such Term, might, if approved by his Commanding Officer or ' other competent military Authority as a fit Person to continue

in Her Majesty's Service or in the Service of the East India « Company as a Soldier, be re-engaged to serve for the further · Term of Eleven Years in the Infantry and Twelve Years in the « Cavalry or Artillery, or other Ordnance Corps; and that any • Soldier who should be ordered on Foreign Service, and who was

within Three Years of the Expiration of his First Engagement, • should be at liberty, with the Approbation of his Commanding

• Officer, Army Service Act Amendment.

• Officer, to re-engage before he embarked for such Foreign Ser-

vice for such Period as should complete a total Service of
• Twenty-one Years in the Infantry or Twenty-four Years in the
. Cavalry or Artillery: And whereas by an Act passed in the
• Session holden in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Years of Her

Majesty, Chapter Seventy-three, “ to limit the Enlistment in 12 & 13 Vict.
< " the Artillery and other Ordnance Corps," it was enacted, that c. 73.
• during the last Six Months of the Term of limited Service for
• which a Soldier should have first engaged to serve in the Artil-
• lery or other Ordnance Corps, or after the Completion of such
· Term, he might, if approved by his Commanding Officer or other
• competent military Authority as a fit Person to continue in Her
• Majesty's Service as a Soldier, be re-engaged to serve for the
' further Term of Nine Years : And whereas by reason of Direc-
• tions contained in Schedules to the said first-recited Act, for
* filling up Blanks in the Forms of Questions to be put to Recruits
on enlisting, it is apprehended that it may not be lawful to enlist

Persons to serve as Soldiers for lesser Terms than the said
• Terms of Ten Years and Twelve Years respectively: And

whereas it is expedient that Her Majesty should be enabled to
• permit Enlistment for such lesser Terms, and to authorize

Soldiers to re-engage for any Terms within the Limits of Service
• prescribed by the said Acts:' 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 Par-
liament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:

1. For Three Years after the passing of this Act any Person Power to Her
may be enlisted to serve Her Majesty, or in the Forces of the East Majesty, by
India Company, as a Soldier, for any such Term, not exceeding Order in Coun-
Ten Years in the Infantry or Twelve Years in the Cavalry or cil, to

cil, for Three

Years after
Artillery, or other Ordnance Corps, (to be reckoned as provided

De reckonca as provided passing of Act,
in the said first-mentioned Act,) as may be authorized by any to lessen Terms
Order or Orders of Her Majesty in Council in this Behalf; and for Enlistment
any Soldier may, subject to such Approbation as in the said Acts and Re-engage-
mentioned, re-engage for such Term as may by such Order or ment of Sol-

diers.
Orders in Council be authorized ; provided the Term for which
he is so engaged, with the Term of his Service under his First
Enlistment, do not exceed the Period of Twenty-one Years in the
Infantry or Artillery, or other Ordnance Corps, or Twenty-four
Years in the Cavalry ; and the Forms of Questions on Enlistment
in Schedule A. to the said first-mentioned Act, and the Form of
Declaration in Schedule B. to such Act, may, when the Occasion
requires, be filled up with such Term or Number of Years as may
be authorized by such Order or Orders, instead of the Term or
Number of Years mentioned in the Directions contained in such
Schedules.

I The said Acts of the Tenth and Eleventh Years and Twelfth Recited Acts
and Thirteenth Years of Her Majesty and this Act shall be read and this Act to

be read as One.
and construed together as One Act.

CA P.

Common Law Procedure Act Amendment (Ireland).

17 & 18 Vict. c. 125.

Provisions of
Section 18.
extended to
Ireland.

CA P. V.
An Act to apply the Sum of Three millions three hundred

thousand Pounds out of the Consolidated Fund to the
Service of the Year ending the Thirty-first Day of March
One thousand eight hundred and fifty-five.

[5th March 1855.]

CA P. VI.
An Act to apply the Sum of Twenty millions out of the

Consolidated Fund to the Service of the Year One thou-
sand eight hundred and fifty-five. [5th March 1855.]

CA P. VII.
An Act to extend to Ireland the Provisions of the Eighteenth
Section of the Common Law Procedure Act, 1854.

...[16th March 1855.] "W HEREAS it is expedient to extend to Ireland the Provi6. W sions contained in the Eighteenth Section of the Common • Law Procedure Act, 1854:' 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, as follows :

I. That from and after the passing of this Act, whenever any Cause shall be tried in any Court of Civil Jurisdiction in Ireland by any Jury, the Addresses to the Jury shall be regulated as follows ; that is to say, the Party who begins, or his Counsel, shall be allowed, in the event of his Opponent not announcing at the Close of the Case of the Party who begins his Intention to adduce Evidence, to address the Jury a Second Time at the Close of such Case for the Purpose of summing up the Evidence, and the Party on the other Side, or his Counsel, shall be allowed to open the Case, and also to sum up the Evidence, if any, and the Right to reply shall be the same as at present.

CA P. VIII. An Act for raising the Sum of Seventeen millions one hundred and eighty-three thousand Pounds by Exchequer Bills for the Service of the Year One thousand eight hundred and fifty-five.

(16th March 1855.7

CA P. IX.
An Act to suspend the Decline of the Customs Duties on

Tea from and after the Fifth Day of April One thousand

eight hundred and fifty-five. [16th March 1855.] DE it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and D 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, as follows:

Tea Duties Decline Suspension.

be

S. d.

I. In lieu of the several Duties of Customs made payable on In lieu of Tea by the Act of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Years of the Duties made Reign of Her present Majesty, Chapter One hundred and six, payable by there shall be raised, levied, collected, and paid unto Her Majesty, 16 & 17 Vict.

c. 106. the Her Heirs and Successors, the following Duties thereon ; that is follo to say,

levied. From and after the passing of this Act until the Expi. .

ration of Twelve Months from the Fifth Day of April .
inclusive, which shall first happen after the Date of a

definitive Treaty of Peace with Russia - the lb. 1 6 From thence until the Expiration of the ensuing Twelve

Months - - - - - • • the lb. 1 3 And thenceafter - - - - - - the lb. 1.0 Without any Allowance for Draft.

II. In citing this Act in other Acts or legal Instruments it shall Short Title. be sufficient to use the Expression “ The Tea Duties Decline Sušpension Act, 1855."

CA P. X.
An Act to enable a Third Principal Secretary and a Third
Under Secretary of State to sit in the House of Commons.

[16th March 1855.] IV HEREAS under the Provisions of an Act of the Sixth 5 Year of Queen Anne, Chapter Seven, and of an Act of the 6 Anne, c. 7. • Twenty-second Year of King George the Third, Chapter Eighty- 22 G. 3. c. 82. « two, not more than Two of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries • of State are capable of sitting as Members of the House of Com

mons at the same Time, and by reason of the said Act of the • Twenty-second Year of King George the Third, and of an Act • of the Fifteenth Year of King George the Second, Chapter 15 G. 2. c. 22. * Twenty-two, Doubts are entertained whether more than Two of • the Under Secretaries to the Principal Secretaries of State are * capable of sitting as such Members : And whereas it would be • for the Advantage of the Public Service that Three of such

Principal Secretaries and Three of such Under Secretaries should • be capable of sitting at the same Time in the House of Com

mons: 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 any Three of Her Power to any Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State for the Time being, and Three of the any Three of the Under Secretaries for the Time being to Her

Principal Se

cretaries and Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, may sit and vote as Mem- any Three of bers of the House of Commons, anything in the said Acts or in the Under Seany other Act or Acts to the contrary notwithstanding; but not cretaries of more than Three such Principal Secretaries and not more than State to sit in Three such Under Secretaries shall sit as Members of the House of

of the House of

Commons. Commons at the same Time.

CA P.

Mutiny.

CA P. XI. An Act for punishing Mutiny and Desertion, and for the better Payment of the Army and their Quarters.

[16th March 1855.] [ This Act is the same, except as to Dates and the Parts here

inserted, as 17 & 18 Vict. c. 4.] "W HEREAS the raising or keeping a Standing Army within

V the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in • Time of Peace, unless it be with the Consent of Parliament, is · against Law : And whereas it is adjudged necessary by Her

Majesty and this present Parliament that a Body of Forces • should be continued for the Safety of the United Kingdom, the • Defence of the Possessions of Her Majesty's Crown, and the

Preservation of the Balance of Power in Europe, and that the Numbers,

whole Number of such Forces should consist of One hundred 193,525 Men. ' and ninety-three thousand five hundred and ninety-five Men,

exclusive of the Officers and Men belonging to the Regiments o employed in the Territorial Possessions of the East India Com

pany, but including the Officers and Men of the Troops and • Companies recruiting for those Regiments : And whereas no

Man can be forejudged of Life or Limb, or subjected in Time • of Peace to any Kind of Punishment within this Realm, by • Martial Law, or in any other Manner than by Judgment of his · Peers, and according to the known and established Laws of this • Realm, yet nevertheless it being requisite, for the retaining all • the before-mentioned Forces in their Duty, that an exact Disci

pline be observed, and that Soldiers who shall mutiny or stir up • Sedition, or shall desert IIer Majesty's Service, or be guilty of • Crimes and Offences to the Prejudice of good Order and Military · Discipline, be brought to a more exemplary and speedy Punish' ment than the usual Forms of the Law will allow :' 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, and by the

Authority of the same, ThatPrevious Con. XVI. After a Prisoner has been found guilty of any Charge or victions to be Charges, the Court before which any such Prisoner shall have put in Evi

been tried may, before passing Sentence on such Prisoner, and for dence.

the Purpose only of affixing Punishment, receive in Evidence against him any previous Convictions by Courts-martial, and in like Manner and for the like Purpose the Court shall receive in Evidence any previous Conviction of such Prisoner by a Court of ordinary Criminal Jurisdiction, where the Offence charged in the Indictment, so far as the Charge of which he was convicted, was of a felonious, fraudulent, or unnatural Nature ; and in the Case of Convictions by Courts-martial, duly confirmed, the Courtmartial Book or the Regimental or Company's Defaulters Book, and when none of those Books can conveniently be produced, a

Certificate

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