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executing the office of Lord High Admiral for the time being,
as Patron of the said Society, and the Secretary of the Admiralty
for the time being, as President of the said Society, shall deem
it expedient at any time or times to reduce or vary the same;
in which case it shall be lawful for the Lord High Admiral, or the 5
said First Commissioner, and the said Secretary, and they are hereby
authorized and empowered to vary or reducc at any time and from
time to time, by writing under their respective hands, as the exigen-
cies of the case may seem to them requisite, the amount of the
Annuity now or hereafter payable by the said Society to Widows or 10
other claimants, provided that the amount of the Annuities be not
thereby rendered less than Two-thirds of the amount which is now
paid, and also to vary and increase the rate of Premium which now is
or shall be paid to the said Society for or in respect of any Annuity,
so that the amount of the Premium shall not exceed the rate esta- 15
blished by the said Order in Council: Provided always, That nothing
in this Act contained shall render it obligatory on any person to
commence or continue the payment of the full or reduced amount of
any such premiums of insurance as aforesaid.

2. Duration of Act.

And be it Enacted, That this Act shall commence and take effect 20 from the passing thereof, and shall continue in force until the Thirtyfirst day of July One thousand eight hundred and Forty-seven, and from thence to the End of the then next Session of Parliament.

3. Public Act.

And be it Enacted, That this Act shall be a Public Act, and shall be judicially taken notice of as such.

4. Alteration of Aet.

And be it Enacted, That this Act may be amended or repealed by any Act to be passed in the present Session of Parliament.

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To amend the Laws relating to the Business of the Civil

Departments of the Navy, and to make other Regula-
tions for more effectually carrying on the Duties of the
said Departments.

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

the Committee.]

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C. 40.

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HEREAS by an Act made in the second year of the reign Preamble :

of his late Majesty King WILLIAM the Fourth, intituled, 2 & 3 W. 4, An Act to amend the Laws relating to the Business of the Civil Departments of the Navy, and to make other Regulations for the more effectually carrying on the Duties of the said Departments," all the Duties thereof then vested in the principal Officers and Commissioners of his Majesty's Navy, and the Commissioners for Victualling his Majesty's Navy, and for the care of Sick and Wounded

Seamen, were transferred to the Commissioners for executing the 10 office of Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom of Great Britain

and Ireland :

And whereas Her Majesty, by Her Royal Letters Patent, under the Great Seal, bearing date the

was pleased to constitute and appoint certain persons therein named to be such Commissioners 15 as last aforesaid :

And whereas it is deemed expedient, and for the better regulation of Her Majesty's Naval Service, that the said Commissioners for executing the said office of Lord High Admiral should be reduced

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to Three, and that other regulations should be established for conducting the Civil Services of Her Majesty's Navy;

1. Commis

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, 5

and by the Authority of the same, THAT in case Her Majesty executing the should be pleased to cancel and revoke the said Letters Patent, by office of Lord which the said several persons were respectively constituted and High Admiral

appointed Commissioners for executing the said office of Lord High Admiral as aforesaid, the number of such Commissioners shall be 10 reduced to Three.

reduced to Three.

2. Commis- And be it Enacted, That the said Three Commissioners for executing sioners em- the office of Lord High Admiral as aforesaid, shall be and they are powered to appoint

hereby authorized and empowered to appoint a Naval Officer, during Comptroller of the Dock- good behaviour, to be styled “Comptroller of the Dock-yard Establish- 15 yard Establishments.

ments,” under whose direction and control shall be placed the Surveyor
of the Navy, the Storekeeper-general, and all the officers attached to
the Dock-yard Establishments, and to whom the said Commissioners
shall be and they are hereby authorized and empowered to depute all
or any of the powers transferred to the said Commissioners from the 20
principal Officers and Commissioners of his Majesty's Navy by the
said Act of the second year of the reign of his late Majesty WILLIAM
the Fourth : Provided always, That the said Comptroller of the Dock-
yard Establishments shall correspond with the Secretary for the time
being of the Board of Admiralty, and shall obey all orders and instruc- 25
tions which shall be from time to time transmitted to him by such
Secretary

ment.

3. Commis- And be it Enacted, That the said Commissioners shall be and they sioners to appoint

are hereby authorized and empowered to appoint a Naval Officer, Comptroller during good behaviour, to be styled “ Comptroller of the Medical and

30 and Victual- Victualling Department,” under whose direction and control shall be ling Depart

placed the Physician of the Fleet and the Comptroller of Victualling,
to be hereafter styled “ Purser and Paymaster of the Fleet,” and
all the officers and servants attached to the Medical and Vic-
tualling Department of the said establishment, to whom the said Com- 35
missioners shall be and they are hereby authorized and empowered to
depute all or any of the powers transferred to the said Commissioners
from the principal Officers and Commissioners for Victualling his
Majesty's Navy, and for the care of sick and wounded seamen, by the
said Act of the second year of the reign of WillIAM the Fourth : 40
Provided always, That the said Comptroller of the Medical and Vic-
tu alling Department shall correspond with the Secretary for the time
being of the Board of Admiralty, and shall obey all orders and instruc-

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