Admiralty Act 1832

Publication Date:January 01, 1832
Anno Regni GULIELMI IV. Britanniarum Regis,Secundo. An Act to amend the Laws relating to the Business of the Civil Departments of the Navy, and to make other Regulations for more effectually carrying on the Duties of the said Departments.

(2 & 3 Will. 4) C A P. XL.

[1st June 1832]

'WHEREAS His Majesty, by His Royal Letters Patent under the Great Seal, bearing Date the Second Day ofNovember One thousand eight hundred and thirty-one, was pleased to constitute and appoint certain Persons therein named to be principal Officers and Commissioners of His Majesty's Navy, and by other Letters Patent under the Great Seal, bearing Date the Twenty-fifth Day of February One thousand eight hundred and thirty-one, was pleased to constitute and appoint certain other Persons therein named Commissioners for victualling His Majesty's Navy, and for the Care of sick and wounded Seamen: And whereas it has been deemed expedient that the Number of Offices in the Civil Departments of the Navy should be reduced, and to that End that the Offices or Departments of the principal Officers and Commissioners of His Majesty's Navy, and of the Commissioners for victualling His Majesty is Navy, and for the Care of sick and wounded Seamen, should be abolished: And whereas various Duties of the said Commissioners being established and regulated by divers Acts of Parliament, it is requisite that such Acts should in some Cases be altered, and new Provisions made for the due Execution of the said Duties:' 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 in case His Majesty shall be pleased to cancel and revoke the said Letters Patent by which the said several Persons were respectively constituted and appointed principal Officers and Commissioners of the Navy, and Commissioners for victualling His Majesty's Navy, and for the Care of sick and wounded Seamen, as aforesaid, all the Interests, Titles, Authorities, Powers, and Duties vested in the said respective Commissioners by any Act or Acts of Parliament, and every Matter relating to them and their respective Offices, shall from and after such Revocation be and the same are hereby declared to be transferred to the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom ofGreat Britain and Ireland for the Time being, and shall be vested in and exercised by them in as full and ample a Manner, to all Intents and Purposes, as if they had been named in the said Acts instead of the Commissioners of His Majesty's Navy, and the Commissioners for victualling His Majesty's Navy, and for the Care of sick and wounded Seamen respectively, subject however to the Provisionsherein-after established: Provided always, that such Transfer shall not be deemed to confer on the said Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral aforesaid any new Office within the Meaning of an Act passed in the Sixth Year of the Reign of Her Majesty QueenAnne intituledAn Act for the Security of Her Majesty's Person and Government, and of the Succession to the Crown of Great Britain in the Protestant Line; nor shall any such Commissioner last mentioned, by taking upon himself, under any new Letters Patent which His Majesty may think fit to cause to be issued, the Duties of the Offices so abolished, be disqualified from sitting and voting in Parliament, or thereby vacate the Seat in Parliament which any such Commissioner may then hold; any thing contained in the said Act of Queen Anne , or in any other Act, or any Usage of Parliament, to the contrary notwithstanding; but it is nevertheless hereby declared, that from and after the passing of this Act no greater Number than Five Commissioners of the Admiralty shall be competent at any One Time to sit and vote in the Commons House of Parliament.

S-II Lands, &c. vested in Navy and Victualling Commissioners transferred to the Admiralty.

II Lands, &c. vested in Navy and Victualling Commissioners transferred to the Admiralty.

II. And be it further enacted, That from and after the Revocation of the said Letters Patent, all Manors, Messuages, Lands, Tenements, Hereditaments, Erections, Buildings, and Property whatever heretofore purchased, taken, held, or in any Manner occupied by or in the Name of His Majesty or His Royal Progenitors, for the Use of the Naval or Victualling Departments, or which by an Act of the First and Second Years of the Reign of His late Majesty KingGeorge the Fourth, intituled An Act for vesting all Estates and Property occupied by or for the Naval Service of this Kingdom in the principal Officers and Commissioners of His Majesty's Navy, and for granting certain Powers to the said principal Officers and Commissioners;or by an Act passed in the same Session of Parliament, for vesting certain Lands and Hereditaments atGillingham in the County of Kent in Trustees, to be appropriated to the Public Service in the Department of the Navy; or by an Actpassed in the Fifth Year of the Reign of His said Majesty, for enabling the Commissioners for victualling His Majesty's Navy to purchase certain Premises for completing a Victualling Establishment atCremill Point near Plymouth in the County of Devon , and for supplying the said Establishment with Water; or by an Actpassed in the Sixth Year of the same Reign, for enabling the Corporation ofPembroke to convey to the Commissioners of the Navy the Right of letting the Stalls, Sittings, and other Conveniences in the Market established in the Town of Pembroke Dock , and the Right to the Rents, Tolls, and Fees thereof; or by an Act passed in the same Year, for enabling the Commissioners of the Navyto acquire certain Portions of the Docks and Shore Ground atLeith for a Naval Yard; or which by any other Act of Parliament, or by any Deed or Deeds, have been conveyed to or vested in the principal Officers and Commissioners of the Navy, or the Commissioners for victualling His Majesty's Navy, according to their respective Estates and Interests therein and Titles thereto, with their Appurtenances, and all Rights, Capacities, Powers, Authorities, and Duties vested in the said Commissioners of the Navy and Victualling respectively by any of the said Acts, shall be and the same are hereby declared to be transferred to and vested in the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral aforesaid for the Time being, to be held, enjoyed, and executed by them and their Successors in Office, in Trust for His Majesty, His Heirs and Successors, for the Public Service; and every Clause Covenant, Matter, and Thing contained in the said Acts of Parliament and Deeds respectively shall extend and be applied to the said last-mentioned Commissioners, in as full and ample a Manner, to all Intents and Purposes, as if they had been named therein instead of the Commissioners of the Navy and Victualling respectively.

S-III Contracts transferred to Admiralty.

III Contracts transferred to Admiralty.

III. And be it further enacted, That from and after the Revocation of the said Letters Patent, all Contracts, Covenants, and Agreements made between the said Commissioners of the Navy and Victualling respectively, or any Person on their Behalf, and any other Person or Persons whomsoever, for the Supply of any Stores, Goods, or other Things for His Majesty's Service, or for the Performance of any Work, or on any other Account in anywise relating to the Naval and Victualling Departments respectively, or in which the said Commissioners are in any Manner interested or concerned, shall in like Manner be transferred to and vested in the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral aforesaid for the Time being, and shall be executed and enforced by them in the same Manner as if they had been named therein.

S-IV Duties of the Treasurer of the Navy transferred, except Receipts and Payments of Money, and the Management of Green wich Out-Pensions.

IV Duties of the Treasurer of the Navy transferred, except Receipts and Payments of Money, and the Management of Green wich Out-Pensions.

IV. 'And whereas by an Act passed in the Eleventh Year of the Reign of His late Majesty KingGeorge the Fourth, for amending and consolidating the Laws relating to the Pay of the Royal Navy divers Provisions and Regulations are established in relation to various Duties of the Treasurer of the Navy and his Officers; and it is deemed expedient that such Duties should be transferred from the said Treasurer, and that other Provisions and Regulations should be established in lieu thereof;' be it therefore enacted, That from and after the Commencement of this Act, as herein-after mentioned all Authorities, Powers, Duties, Matters, and Things which by the said recited Act or by any other Act or Acts of Parliament are conferred upon or vested in the said Treasurer, save and except as to the Receipt and Payment of Money, and also except as to the Management of Greenwich Out-Pensions shall be exercised and performed by or under the immediate Directions of the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral, in as full and ample a Manner as the said Treasurer is by any of the said Acts empowered to exercise and perform the same; and that all Wills, Powers of Attorney, Vouchers, and other Documents, and all Accounts, Prize and other Lists, Returns, Notifications Reports, Petitions, Certificates, Documents, and Papers, which by the said last-recited Act or by any other Act of Parliament are required to be addressed, transmitted, or made to the said Treasurer, except as aforesaid, shall be addressed, transmitted, and made to the Secretary of the Admiralty, in order that the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral aforesaid may cause the necessary Steps to be taken thereon, in conformity with the Intentions of the said several Acts, or...

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