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Action, Bill, Plaint, Information, or Indictment shall be menced, entered, filed, or preferred by or in the Name of a Person whatsoever, except upon such Order as aforesaid, the sa and all Proceedings thereupon had, shall be null and void s the Court or Courts, Justice or Justices of the Peace, where before whom such Action, Bill, Plaint, Information, or Indo ment is or shall be, or commenced, prosecuted, entered, filed preferred, shall not permit or suffer any Proceeding or Proces ings to be had; and no Commissioner or Justice shall in adva be liable to any Criminal Proceeding or Civil Action for a

Reasons to be given in the Execution of this Act. Act not to L. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That noen extend to in this Act contained shall extend or be construed to extend i Bethlehem the Royal Hospital of Bethlehem, or to any Building erecte Hospital or to

jacent thereto for the Confinement of Criminal Lunatics, or to a Lunatic Asyhums esta

Royal Military or Naval Hospitals, or to any Lunatic Asriu blished under already erected and established under an Act passed in the For 48 G.3. c. 96. eighth Year of the Reign of His late Majesty King George a or 9 G. 4. c. 40. Third, intituled An Act for the better Care and Maintenant

Lunatics, being Paupers or Criminals, in England, or hereste to be erected and established under the Provisions of an . passed in the Ninth Year of the Reign of His present Majes intituled An Act to amend and consolidate the Laws relating to a Erection, Maintenance, and Regulation of County Lunatic Asyles and to the Care and Maintenance of Lunatics, being Paupers :

Criminals, in England. Nothing herein

LI. Provided also, and be it further enacted, That nothin: t to extend to this Act contained shall extend to any public Hospital or Parts i public Hospi- public Hospitals, or other charitable Institutions, supported whe tals or Institu

or partly by voluntary Contributions, in which Lunatics are i tions ;

ceived, or to any Lunatic Asylum built and established by fors tary Contributions, and supported by applying the Excessa Payments of the more affluent in reduction of the Payment to

Persons in more limited Circumstances, excepting in as far : except as to Certificates of relates to Certificates of Admission, and Visitations appointed to Admission, to the Lord Chancellor, or Lord Keeper or Commissioners of the Visitations, and Great Seal, or the Lord Chief Justice of the Court of kingi to the Trans

Bench, or the Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Plea. mission of Names of or His Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for the Home Da Patients. partment, and the Transmission to the Clerk of the Commissiones Interpretation

Annual Report, as herein before directed. of Act.

LII. And, in order to remove Doubts as to the Meaning of certain Words in this Act, be it enacted, That the Word “ County' shall be deemed to include any County, Riding, Division of the County of Lincoln, Liberty, County of a City, County of a Tow. City, Cinque Port, or Town Corporate ; that the Word “ Parish' shall be deemed to include any Township, Hamlet, Vill, Tithing extra-parochial Place or Place maintaining its own Poor; the the Words “ County Rate" shall be deemed to include

any assessed upon or raised in or belonging to any County, Ridim Division of the County of Lincoln, Liberty, County of a City County of a Town, Cinque Port, or Town Corporate, in the Nature of County Rates, and applicable to the Purposes to which County Rates are applicable ; that the Word "Visitor

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Apothecaries, appointed at a General or Adjourned Quarter ssions to visit Houses of Reception for Two or more Insane :rsons; that the Words “ Insane Persons” shall be deemed to clude any Lunatic or dangerous Idiot; that the Words “ Parish Patient" shall be deemed to include any Person sent to and aintained at any House licensed for the Reception of Insane zrsons wholly or in part at the Expence of any Parish; that e Words “Clerk of the Peace” shall be deemed to include y Person acting as such, or any Deputy duly appointed; that 2 Word “ Apothecary” shall be deemed to include any Person thorized to practise as such under the Act passed in the Fiftyh Year of King George the Third, intituled An Act for the 55 G. 3. c. 194. ter regulating the Practice of Apothecaries throughout England d Wales, or under an Act passed in the Sixth Year of George e Fourth, intituled An Act to amend and explain the said Act of 66. 4. c. 189. e Fifty-fifth Year of His late Majesty; and the Words “ Treairer of the County” shall be deemed to include any Officer ho has the Custody of any Funds assessed upon or raised in or elonging to any County, Riding, Division of the County of LinIn, Liberty, County of a City, County of a Town, Cinque Port, r Town Corporate, in the Nature of County Rates, and appliable to the Purposes to which County Rates are applicable; and at the Word “Person” shall be deemed to include any Number f Persons; and that the Meaning of the aforesaid Words shall ot be restricted, although the same may be subsequently referred - ) in the singular Number and masculine Gender only.

LIII. And be it enacted, That the Powers and Authorities Public Act. Tanted by this Act shall be deemed and taken to be a Public

+ Sic. Ict t, and shall be judicially taken notice of as such by all ludges, Justices, and others, without being specially pleaded.

LIV. And be it further enacted, That this Act, and the several commenceMatters and Things therein contained, shall commence and take ment and Con

tinúance of affect from and after the First Day of August, and not sooner, and

Act. shall continue in force for the Term of Three Years, and from thence to the End of the next Session of Parliament.

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4 Ann. c. 14.

CAP. XLII.
An Act to abolish Church Briefs, and to provide for the

better Collection and Application of voluntary Contribution
for the Purpose of enlarging and building Churches ani
Chapels.

[15th July 1898 WH

HEREAS an Act was passed in the Fourth Year of the

Reign of Queen Anne, intituled An Act for the better cael lecting Charity Money on Briefs by Letters Patent, and it

venting Abuses in relation to such Charities ; and it is expe • dient to repeal the said Act, and to provide for the better • Collection and Application of voluntary Contributions for e • larging, building, rebuilding, and repairing Churches an • Chapels in England and Wales: And Whereas in the Year Og • thousand eight hundred and eighteen a Society was instituted * by the Name of “ The Society for promoting the Enlargemez.

and Building of Churches and Chapels,” consisting of Persots who had contributed or should contribute Twenty Guineas

one Donation, or Two Guineas annually ; which Society, co• verned under certain Rules and Regulations, has tended greatly ' to promote the good and laudable Objects for which it was in• stituted, and would be enabled to promote the same still more

effectually, if the said Society were incorporated, with such • Powers and Privileges as are hereinafter 'mentioned: Be it therefore enacted by the King'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 the said Act of Queen Anne shall be and the same is hereby repealed, except as to such Briets issued before the passing of this Act as are now in progress, with respect to which the said Act shall remain in force.

Repeal of recited Act, except as to

Briefs in pro

gress.

II. And

II. And be it enacted, That from and after the passing of this The Church-
it all such Persons as now are or hereafter may become Mem- building
rs of the said Society shall be and are hereby declared to be Society to be
Body Corporate, by the Name of “ The Incorporated Society incorporated.
for promoting the Enlargement, Building, and Repairing of
Churches and Chapels.”
III. And be it enacted, That the Archbishop of Canterbury for Presidency,&c.
e Time being shall be the President of the said Society, and of the Society.
at the Archbishop of York for the Time being, and the Bishops
- the Two Provinces for the Time being, shall be Vice Presidents
ereof, together with such Lay Peers and Commoners, being
venty-five in Number, as now are Vice Presidents of the said
ciety; and that all Vacancies which shall from time to time
cur in that Number of the Vice Presidents shall be filled up
om the Lay Members of the Society by the Committee thereof.
IV. And be it enacted, That the said Society shall be governed Constitution of
✓ a Committee, which shall consist of the President, Vice Pre- the Committee.
dents, and Treasurer, who shall be Members thereof in virtue of
leir several Offices, and of Thirty-six Members elected from the
ociety, One Half at least of whom shall be Laymen; and the
'reasurer, together with One Fourth of the Thirty-six elected
[embers of the Committee in rotation, shall vacate their Offices
t the Annual General Court, but shall be capable of immediate
Leelection : Provided always, that all such Persons as before the
assing of this Act shall have been elected to and are now filling
le respective Stations of Treasurer, or of Members of the Com-
iittee of the said Society, shall continue to fill the same, without
ny fresh Election, until vacated as aforesaid.

V. And be it enacted, That all Persons who shall contribute Qualification
sen Guineas in One Donation, or One Guinea annually, shall be for Members of
Members of the said Society, and have a Right to vote at General the Society.
Courts, and be eligible to the Committee, provided such Annual
Subscriptions shall not then be in arrear.

VI. And be it enacted, That a General Court shall be holden General annually in May, and oftener if the Committee shall think it ex. Court, when pedient; and that at the General Court Three Auditors shall be to be holden ;

Business to appointed for the Year ensuing, a Treasurer elected, and the Va.

be there cancies in the Committee filled up from a Double List prepared transacted. by the President and Vice Presidents, and that all such Elections and Appointments shall be by Ballot.

VII. And be it enacted, That every Order to be made and Act Number of to be done by the Committee for the Time being of the said the acting Society shall be made and done with the Consent of the Majority Committee ; of the Members present at any Meeting of the Committee, such and Duties: Meeting to consist of not less than Five; and the Committee, or the major Part of them at any such Meeting, shall have full Power and Authority to make all such Laws and Regulations, not being repugnant to the Laws of this Kingdom, or to the express Provisions of this Act, as to them shall from time to time seem expedient, for the Management and Government of the said Society, and for carrying its Designs into Effect; and shall have the sole Management, Control, and Disposition of the Estates, Funds, Revenues, and other Property which now or may hereafter belong to the said Society; and shall have the Power of affixing the

Common

Common Seal of the said Society, or directing it to be affired such Instruments as the said Committee or such major Parent them shall think fit; and shall have the sole Control over ! Appointment of all Officers, Agents, or Servants whom its

be thought expedient to employ in the Service of the said Sooz Proviso as to or in any of the Concerns relating thereto : Provided always

, te Bye Laws.

such Laws and Regulations so to be made as aforesaid shali a be of any force or Effect unless the same shall be confirmed! the Members of the Committee, or the major Part of them, vt shall be present at the next Meeting of the said Committee te the same shall have been first made, such next Meeting to comes

of not less than Five. Rules to be VIII. Provided always, and be it enacted, That the Comet observed by the of the said Society, in the Selection of Parishes and Extra-paSociety in

chial Places to which they shall grant any Part of their fa selecting Parishes for

towards the enlarging or building of any Churches or Cheral Grants, &c.

shall have regard to the Amount of the Population, and as » the Disproportion between the Number of Inhabitants and o present Accommodation for Attendance upon Divine Service e cording to the Rites of the United Church of England and Ireless and in giving Preference among such Parishes and Extra-paroda Places, shall have regard to the Proportion of the Expence whic shall be offered to be contributed or raised by such respecti Parishes or Places, towards the Enlargement or Building Churches or Chapels therein, and to the pecuniary Ability of the

Inhabitants thereof. Further Rules IX. Provided also, and be it enacted, That in granting At for the like towards the Repairs of Churches and Chapels which have faa Purpose. into a State of great Dilapidation without Neglect or Faute

the existing Parishioners, and the entire Expence of repairing which the Parishioners shall be proved, to the Satisfaction of bu Committee of the said Society, to be unable to defray, Referenc shall be had to the Amount of Money raised by the Parishioner by Rates or Subscription, and to the Improvement which it may

be proposed to effect in the Accommodation for the Poor. All Sums col.' X. And be it enacted, That as often as His Majesty shall be lected under graciously pleased to issue his Royal Letters, directed respet Royal Letters ively to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, authorizing the for aiding the building, &c.

Collection of voluntary Contributions within their several Pro of Churches,

vinces, for the Purpose of aiding the enlarging, building, rebuie shall be applied ing, or repairing of Churches and Chapels in England and Wcia by the Society. or in any Part thereof, in every such Case all the Contribution

so collected shall be paid over to the Treasurer of the said Society, or his Order, and shall be employed by the said Society in carry

ing its Designs into Effect. Accounts of XI. And be it enacted, That Accounts shall annually be pre the Society to sented to His Majesty, of the Progress made by the said Society be laid annually in the Execution of its Designs, stating the Number of Churches before Parlia

or Chapels enlarged, built, rebuilt, or repaired, or in the Course of being so, the Money expended, and for what Purposes, and al such other Particulars as shall be necessary for explaining the Progress made by the said Society, together with a List of a Officers, Agents, and Servants employed by the said Society

, and a Statement of their respective Salaries.

ment.

XII. And

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