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Militia Ballots Suspension.

CA P. CVI.
An Act to suspend the making of Lists and the Ballots for

the Militia of the United Kingdom. [14th August 1855.]
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VHEREAS it is expedient to suspend for a further Period

the Ballots for the Militia of the United Kingdom : 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, as follows:

I. All General and Subdivision Meetings relating to the Militia Meetings relatof the United Kingdom, and all Proceedings relating to procuring ing to Militia of any Returns, or preparing or making out Lists of such Militia or

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dom and Ballots any Part thereof, for the Purpose of a Ballot, or relating to bal. for such Militia loting for any Militiamen or supplying any Vacancies in such suspended till Militia by Ballot, as are or may be directed or authorized by or ist Oct. 1856. under any Act of Parliament now in force, shall cease and remain suspended until the First Day of October One thousand eight hundred and fifty-six.

II. Provided always, That it shall be lawful for Her Majesty Proceedings by any Order in Council to direct that any Proceedings shall be may be had had at any Time before the Expiration of such Period as afore- during such said, either for the giving of Notices and making Returns and Suspension preparing Lists, and also for the proceeding to ballot and enrol Council. Men for the filling up Vacancies in the Militia, as Iler Majesty shall deem expedient; and upon the issuing of any such Order all such Proceedings shall be had for carrying into execution all the Provisions of the Acts in force in the United Kingdom relating to the giving Notices for and Returns for Lists, and for the balloting and enrolling of Men to supply any Vacancies in the Militia, and holding General and Subdivision Meetings for such Purpose, at such Times respectively as shall be expressed in any such Order in Council, or by any Directions given in pursuance thereof to Lord Lieutenants, or Deputy Lieutenants acting for Lord Lieutenants of the several Counties, Shires, Cities, and Places in the United Kingdom; and all the Provisions of the several Acts in force in the United Kingdom relating to the Militia shall, upon any such Order, and Direction given in pursuance thereof, become and be in full Force and be carried into execution at the Period specified in such Order or Direction as aforesaid, with all such Penalties and Forfeitures for any Neglect thereof, as fully as if such Periods had been fixed in the Acts relating to such Militia.

III. Provided also, That nothing herein contained shall extend Not to extend to prevent the holding before the Expiration of such Period as to prevent the aforesaid of such General or other Meetings relating to the Militia holding of cerof the United Kingdom as may be called in Great Britain under tain Meetings

relating to the the Authority of One of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of Militia. State, or in Ireland under the Authority of the Lord Lieutenant or other Chief Governor or Governors of Ireland, or of any Meeting which may be called for the Purpose of altering, enlarging, or providing any Place for the Reception of the Armrs, Accoutrements, Clothing, or other Stores belonging to the Militia.

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Island of Tobago Loan.

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CA P. CVII.
An Act to authorize the Commissioners of the Treasury to

make Arrangements concerning a certain Loan advanced
by way of Relief to the Island of Tobago.

[14th August 1855.] W!

HEREAS by an Act passed in the Session holden in the 11 & 12 Vict.

Eleventh and Twelfth Years of Her Majesty, Chapter C. 22.

Twenty-two, (“ for granting Relief to the Island of Tobago, "" and for aiding the Colonies of British Guiana and Trinidad '"in raising Money for the Promotion of Immigration of Free " " Labourers,") the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury

were authorized, in manner therein mentioned, to lend Exche

quer Bills for any Sum not exceeding Fifty thousand Pounds • for the Service of the Island of Antigua, and any Sums not ' exceeding in the whole Fifty thousand Pounds for the Relief

of the Island of Tobago, on the Credit of the Revenues and • public Property thereof, as soon as the said Commissioners • should be satisfied that Repayment of the several Sums to be • advanced (with Interest thereon at the yearly Rate of Four · Pounds by the Hundred) was duly secured to the Satisfaction • of the said Commissioners by some Act or Acts passed or to be ' passed by the Legislature of the said Island: And whereas the • Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury accordingly advanced ' the Sum of Twenty thousand Pounds to the Island of Tobago,

being the Proportion required of the said Sum of Fifty thousand Pounds, the Repayment thereof, with Interest, having been secured by the Legislature of the said Island, as required by the said Act, and out of the Sums so advanced Advances

were made, under the Authority of the said Legislature, to Persons who had suffered Lesses by a Hurricane in the said

Island : And whereas it is expedient that the Commissioners of . the Treasury should be empowered to extend the Time for the

Repayment of the Principal Monies remaining owing on the said

Securities, and to reduce the Interest payable thereunder, as • herein-after mentioned :' 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: Power to Trea- 1. It shall be lawful for the Commissioners of Her Majesty's sury to extend Treasury to grant such Extension of the Period for Payment of Time of Repay, the Principal Monies owing by the said Island of Tobago in reTobago, and to spect of the said Loan, and to accept Payment thereof by such reduce Interest Instalments and at such Times as the said Commissioners in their

Discretion may think proper and fix, and to accept Interest upon Cent.

the Principal Monies remaining unpaid after the yearly Rate of Corresponding Three Pounds Five Shillings per Centum, instead of the said being secured yearly Rate of Four Pounds per Centum, upon being satisfied that to private Bor- an Act has been passed by the Legislature of such Island for rowers. securing on the Credit of the Revenue or public Property thereof

the punctual Payment of the Instalments of Principal Monies, with Interest as aforesaid, at the Times and in manner fixed by

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Island of Tobago Loan.

Coal Mines Inspection. the said Commissioners, and also for securing to the Persons indebted in respect of the Advances made out of the said Loan to the Sufferers in the said Island Advantages corresponding with those granted to such Legislatures under this Act.

II. Provided always, That in case of Default in Payment of In default of any of the Instalments of Principal Monies which may become Payment at

Times fixed, payable from the said Island under such Extension of Time, or of

Rate of Inthe said reduced Interest, at the Times fixed by the said Com- terest, &c. orimissioners of the Treasury, it shall be lawful for such Commis- ginally agreed sioners to require from the Island, in case of such Default, upon may be Payment of Interest at the yearly Rate of Four Pounds per required. Centum on the Principal Monies remaining due, and also Payment of such Principal Monies by such Instalments as were made payable by the Securities originally given by the Legislature of such Island ; and such Interest and Instalments of Principal Monies which may be so required to be paid shall thereupon become payable accordingly.

CA P. CVIII. An Act to amend the Law for the Inspection of Coal Mines in Great Britain.

[14th August 1855.] THEREAS an Act of the Session of Parliament holden in 13 & 14 Vict.

the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Years of Her Majesty, c. 100. « Chapter One hundred, was passed “ for Inspection of Coal “ “ Mines in Great Britain :" And whereas, with a view to the • Safety of the Persons employed in such Mines, it is expedient • that further Provision be made for the Inspection and Regula• tion thereof: 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, as follows :

I. The said Act of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Years of 13 & 14 Vict. Her Majesty shall be repealed : Provided always, that the Inspec- c. 100, repealed. tors of Coal Mines appointed under such Act shall continue to be such Inspectors under this Act, subject, nevertheless, to Removal by One of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State; provided also, that all Penalties incurred under the said Act before the Repeal thereof may be proceeded for and applied as if this Act had not been passed.

II. It shall be lawful for One of Her Majesty's Principal Secre- Secretary of taries of State from Time to Time to appoint any fit Person or

State may apPersons to be an Inspector or Inspectors of Coal Mines, and from point Inspectors

of Mines. Time to Time to remove any such Inspector or Inspectors ; and Notice of the Appointment of every such Inspector shall be published in the London Gazette.

III. No Person who shall act or practise as a Land Agent, No Land Agent or as a Manager, Viewer, or Agent, or Mining Engineer, or or Manager, &c. Valuer of Mines, or Arbitrator in any Matters of Dispute arising of Coal Mine to between Owners of Mines, or be otherwise employed in any Coal act as Inspector. Mine or Colliery, shall act as an Inspector of Coal Mines under this Act.

IV. The

Coal Mines Inspection.

General Rules IV. The following Rules (herein-after referred to as the General to be observed

Rules) shall be observed in every Coal Mine and Colliery by the in all Coal Mines.

Owner and Agent thereof :
1. An adequate Amount of Ventilation shall be constantly

produced at all Collieries to dilute and render harmless
noxious Gases to such an Extent as that the working
Places of the Pits and Levels of such Collieries shall under

ordinary Circumstances be in a fit State for working : 2. Every Shaft or Pit which is out of Use, or used only as an

Air Pit, shall be securely fenced : 3. Every Working and Pumping Pit or Shaft shall be properly

fenced when not at work: 4. Every Working and Pumping Pit or Shaft where the natural

Strata under ordinary Circumstances are not safe shall be

securely cased or lined : 5. Every Working Pit or Shaft shall be provided with some

proper Means of signalling from the Bottom of the Shaft to the Surface, and from the Surface to the Bottom of the

Shaft : 6. A proper Indicator to show the Position of the Load in the

Pit or Shaft, and also an adequate Break, shall be attached to every Machine worked by Steam or Water Power used

for lowering or raising Persons : 7. Every Steam Boiler shall be provided with a proper Steam

Gauge, Water Gauge, and Safety Valve. Special Rules V. In addition to the General Rules, there shall be established to be made for and observed in every Coal Mine or Colliery such other Rules each Colliery,

(herein-after referred to as Special Rules) for the Conduct and with the Approval of Secre

Guidance of the Persons acting in the Management of such Coal tary of State. Mine or Colliery, and of all Persons employed in or about the

same, as under the particular State and Circumstances of such Coal Mine or Colliery may appear best calculated to prevent dangerous Accidents; and such Special Rules for each Coal Mine or Colliery shall be framed by the Owner thereof, and forth. with transmitted to One of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State ; and such Rules, if not objected to by such Secretary of State within Forty Days from the Day upon which they are received by him, shall be established ; and in case such Secretary of State shall be of opinion that such Rules or any of them do not sufficiently provide for the Safety of the Person or Persons employed in or about such Coal Mine or Colliery, it shall be lawful for such Secretary of State, within the Forty Days afore. said, to propose any Alterations in or Additions to such Special Rules ; and in case such Owner shall not, within Twenty Days from the Day on which such Alterations or Additions are proposed to him, object to the same, the Special Rules shall be established with such Alterations and Additions ; and in case such Owner shall, within the said Twenty Days, object to such Alterations or Additions or any of them, it shall be lawful for such Owner, within Seven Days after he shall have so objected, to nominate Three or more practical Mining Engineers or other competent Persons of Experience in the District within which Coal Mines Inspection.

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such Coal Mine or Colliery is situate, and who shall not be interested in or employed in the Management of such Coal Mine or Colliery, of whom such Secretary of State may appoint One or more to determine the Matter in difference, and to decide what Special Rules shall be established in such Coal Mine or Colliery; and if such Owner shall not within such Seven Days nominate such Mining Engineers as aforesaid, or if such Secretary of State shall not within One Month from the Time of such Nomination appoint One or more of the Persons so nominated by the Owner as aforesaid, then and in such Case Two such Mining Engineers or other competent Persons as aforesaid shall be appointed, One of whom shall be named by the Owner of such Coal Mine or Colliery, and One by the Secretary of State ; and the said Persons so appointed shall, before they proceed to determine the Matters in difference, and to decide what Special Rules shall be established in such Coal Mine or Colliery, appoint a Third Person, being such Mining Engineer or such other competent Person as aforesaid, to be their Umpire in case of Difference of Opinion between them; and the Determination of such Persons and the said Umpire, or of any Two of them, shall be final, and the Special Rules shall be established accordingly : Provided, that after such Rules are established it shall be lawful for the Owner of any Coal Mine or Colliery (or for the Secretary of State) to propose from Time to Time any Amendments of such Rúles, which Amendments, if not objected to by the Secretary of State within the Time aforesaid, or Owners, as the Case may be, shall be established; and in case of Objection being made to any of them, and of a Difference arising out of such Objection, the same Proceedings shall be had respecting them as herein-before provided in reference to the Special Rules when originally submitted to such Secretary of State, and objected to: Provided also, that the Amount of Payment to be made to all such Persons, and to such Umpire so nominated or appointed as aforesaid, for their Services, shall be fixed by such Secretary of State, and paid in equal Voieties by such Owner and the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, who are hereby authorized to make such Payment accordingly.

VI. For the Purpose of making known the General Rules and Publication of Special Rules to all Persons employed in or about each Coal Mine Rules. or Colliery, the Owner thereof shall cause the General Rules and the Special Rules for such Coal Mine or Colliery to be painted on a Board or printed upon Paper to be pasted thereon, and shall cause such Board to be hung up or affixed on some conspicuous Part of the principal Office or Place of Business of the Coal Mine or Colliery; and the General Rules and Special Rules so painted or printed and hung up shall be renewed and restored with all reasonable Despatch as often as the same or any Part thereof may be defaced, obliterated, or destroyed; and a printed Copy of such General and Special Rules shall be supplied to all Persons employed in and about the same.

VII. It shall be lawful for any Inspector to enter, inspect, and Powers and examine any Coal Mine or Colliery, and the Works and Machinery Duties of

belonging Inspectors.

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