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injuries to the gear or boat of a fisherman being a subject of the foreign State Party to the Declaration, but shall nevertheless continue to apply as between British subjects.

5. In the event of any contravention of section 7 of “The Sea Fisheries Act, 1883,"'* on the part of any foreign sea fishing-boat, or of any person belonging thereto, any fish or fishing gear found in the boat or shown to bave been taken or used by any person belonging to the boat within the exclusive fishery limits of the British Islands shall, on conviction for the offence, be liable to be forfeited.

6.-(1.) This Part of this Act shall be construed as one with " The Sea Fisheries Act, 1883," and so far as relates to Scotland and the parts of the sea adjoining Scotland, also as one with “ The Sea Fisheries (Scotland) Amendment Act, 1885.”

(2.) In particular, the powers of making Orders in Council conferred by sections 3 and 23 of "The Sea Fisheries Act, 1883," may be exercised for the purposes of this part of this Act, and section 23 of the said Act shall, for the purpose of any such Order, apply as if the Schedule to this Act were the First Schedule to that Act, and the Declaration referred to in this Act were the Convention referred to in that Act.

(3.) “The Sea Fisheries Act, 1883,” “ The Sea Fisheries (Scotland) Amendment Act, 1885," and this Part of this Act may be cited collectively as “The Sea Fisheries Acts 1883 to 1891."

(4.) This Part of this Act shall come into force on such day as may be fixed in that behalf by a notice published in the "Loudon Gazette.”+

Part II.--Sea Fisheries Regulation Act, 1888. 7. The powers of a local Fisheries Committee to make bye-laws in pursuance of section 2 of “The Sea Fisheries Regulation Act, 1888," shall extend to making bye-laws, to be observed within their district, for restrieting or prohibiting, either entirely or subject to any exceptions and regulations, the fishing for or taking of all or any specified kinds of sea fish during any period specified in any such bye-law.

8. Where any offence under "The Sea Fisheries Regulation Act, 1888," or under any bye-law made in pursuance thereof, is committed on the sea-coast or at sea beyond the ordinary jurisdiction of a Court of summary jurisdiction and not on or from a ship or boat,

• Vol. LXXIV, page 199.

+ Notification was inserted in the “London Gazette" of September 8, 1891, "tating that the day fixed for Part 1 of the Act to come into force was the 15th day of September, 1891.

it shall be deemed to have been committed within the body of any county abutting on that sea-coast or adjoining that sea, and may be tried and punished accordingly.

9. A local Fisheries Committee appointed in pursuance of “ The Sea Fisheries Regulation Act, 1888," may, within their district, enforce the provisions of “ The Fisheries (Oyster, Crab, and Lobster) Act, 1877,"* and of any other Aci relating to sea fisheries.

10. Any County or Borough Council may, if they think fit, pay or contribute to any expenses incurred by a Board of Salmon Conservators in exercise of their powers under " The Sea Fisheries Regulation Act, 1888."

11. This Part of this Act shall be construed as one with “ The Sea Fisheries Regulation Act, 1888," and that Act and this Part of this Act may be cited collectively as “The Sea Fisheries Regulation Acts, 1888 and 1891."

PART III.-Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries.

12.-(1.) The Board of Trade may, if they think fit, issue a certificate forming a fishery district for the River Stour (dividing the counties of Suffolk and Essex), its estuary, and its tributaries, and such waters and coasts as may be declared in the certificate to belong thereto, and may thereby fix the number of conservators to be appointed as a Board, and the number of the members of the Board of Conservators to be appointed by each county in the district, and may make such other arrangements as may seem to the Board necessary or proper in connection with the formation of the district.

(2.) On the issue of a certificate under this section the provisions of “ The Norfolk and Suffolk Fisheries Act, 1877," and of section 8 of “ The Freshwater Fisheries Act, 1884,” shall cease to apply within the district formed by the certificate, and the provisions of “ The Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Acts, 1861 to 1886,” shall apply therein as if no part of the district were included in the county of Suffolk, and the district so formed shall for all purposes be deemed to be a district formed under the provisions of the said Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Acts other thau “ The Norfolk and Suffolk Fisheries Act, 1877.

(3.) On the issue of the certificate, the certificates of the forma. tion of the Stour (Essex) and Stour (Suffolk) fishery districts, dated the 19th day of March, 1888, shall cease to have effect, so, however, that nothing in this section shall affect the validity of anything done or suffered under the certificates, and that all proceedings under the

* Vol. LXVIII, page 727.

certificates and pending at the date of the issue of the new certificate may be carried on and completed as if the old certificates were in force.

(4.) Any bye-laws made under “ The Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Acts, 1861 to 1886,” or any of them, and in force within the districts or either of them at the date of the new certificate, shall, notwithstanding any limitation of time for the continuance of such bye-law, continue to be in force until repealed by the Board of Conservators of the new district, and the Board may, if it thinks fit, repeal any such bye-laws in manner provided for the repeal of byelaws made under “ The Freshwater Fisheries Act, 1881."

(5.) The persons who are at the date of the issue of the new certificate the members of the Board of Conservators of the Stour (Essex) fishery district shall be the first appointed members representing the county of Essex on the Board of the new district, and shall come into office on the issue of the certificate.

Part IV.-General,

13. The powers conferred by “ The Sea Fisheries Act, 1883," or this Act, or any other Act relating to sea fisheries, or by any Act relating to salmon and freshwater fisheries, upon any authorities or officers to' enforce any such Act shall not be construed as limiting or taking away the power of any other person to take legal proceedings for the enforcement of any such Act or of any bye-law made thereunder.

14. This Act may be cited as “ The Fisheries Act, 1891."

SCHEDULE. Declaration respecting the North Sea Fisheries.-Signed at Brussels, May 2,

1891. (llere follows the English text of the Declaration between Great Britain and

Belgium of May 2, 1891.]

See page 23.

ACT of the British Parliament, to amend " The Commissioners

for Oaths Act, 1889.” (54 & 53 Vict., c. 50.]

[August 5, 1891.] WHEREAS doubts have been entertained whether the powers to administer oaths and take affidavits conferred on a Commissioner for

Oaths by “The Commissioners for Oatbs Act, 1889,"* extend to oaths and affidavits required by special provisions to be made before a Justice of the Peace, or any particular person or officer, and it is expedient to remove such doubts :

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 :

1. Where by or under “The Merchant Shipping Acts, 1854 to 1889,” or “ The Customs Consolidation Act, 1876," or " The Patents, Designs, and Trade Marks Acts, 1883 to 1888," or "The Pawnbrokers Act, 1872,” or Acts amending the same respectively, any oath or affidavit is required to be taken or made before any particular person or officer, whether having special authority or otherwise, and whether at any particular place, or within any specified limits or otherwise, such oath or affidavit may be taken or made before a Commissioner for Oaths, at any place, and shall be as effectual to all intents and purposes as if taken or made before such person or officer, and at any particular place or within specified limits.

2. In section 6 of “The Commissioners for Oaths Act, 1889," after the words “ Consular Agent” shall be inserted the words " Acting Consul-General, Acting Vice-Consul, and Acting Consular Agent."

3. This Act shall be read with “ The Commissioners for Oaths Act, 1889," and may be cited as “ The Commissioners for Oaths Act, 1891,” and “The Commissioners for Oaths Act, 1889," and this Act may be cited together as “The Commissioners for Oaths Acts, 1889 and 1891."

ACT of the British Parliament, to amend and explain the

Foreign Marriage Acts. [54 & 55 Vict., c. 74.]

[August 5, 1891.+] WHEREAS “ The Consular Marriage Act, 1849," I and the Acts amending the same were by “ The Marriage Act, 1890,"$ extended to marriages in British Embassies and on board Her Majesty's ships and other places, and by “The Marriage Act, 1890," power was given to Her Majesty the Queen in Council to make Regulations for adapting the said Acts to those marriages and for other purposes

* Vol. LXXXI, page 602. + Repealed by Act 55 & 56 Vict., c. 23, which will be given in Vol. LXXXIV. # Vol. XXXVII, page 150.

$ Vol. LXXXII, page 618.

therein mentioned, and it is expedient to remove various doubts which have arisen respecting the application of the said Acts, and respecting the powers which may be exercised by the said Regulations, in this Act referred to as the “Marriage Regulations," and to make further provision for the said extension :

And whereas it is expedient further to amend the said Acts :

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 :

This Act may be cited as "The Foreign Marriage Act, 1891."

This Act shall be construed as one with “ The Consular Marriage Act, 1849," * “The Consular Marriage Act, 1868,"† and “ The Marriage Act, 1890," I and this Act and those Acts may be cited together as "The Foreign Marriage Acts, 1819 to 1891," and are in this Act referred to as the Foreign Marriage Acts.

2. The period of residence required for a marriage under the Foreigu Marriage Acts shall be three weeks, and accordingly in section 2 of “The Consular Marriage Act, 1819," one week shall be substituted for one calendar month.

3. Before any marriage is solemnized under the Foreign Marriage Acts both the parties intending marriage shall appear before the Consul, and each of them shall make oath

(a.) That he or she believes that there is not any impediment in kindred or alliance, or other lawful hindrance to the marriage; and

(6.) Unless the requirements of the l'oreign Marriage Acts as to residence have been dispensed with, that both of the parties have for three weeks immediately preceding had their usual places of abode within the district of the Consul; and

(c.) Where either of the parties, not being a widower or widow, is under the age of 21 years, that the consent of the person or persons whose consent to the marriage is required by law has been obtained thereto, or, as the case may be, that there is no person having authority to give such consent.

4.-(1.) Subject to the Marriage Regulations, a British Consular officer, on being satisfied by personal attendance that a marriage between parties being British subjects, or of whom one is a British subject, has been duly solemnized in a foreign country in accordance with the local law of the country, and on payment of the fee required by law, may register the marriage in accordance with the Marriage Regulations as having been so solemnized, and thereupon the Foreigu Marriage Acts shall apply as if the marriage had been

* Vol. XXXVII, page 150. + Vol. LVIII, page 122.

# Vol. LXXXII, page 619.

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