Pensions to Seamen, etc. Act 1814
|1814 c. 1
(55 Geo. 3) C A P. I.
[26th November 1814]
'WHEREAS it is just that Petty Officers, Seamen and Marines, should be rewarded for long and faithful Services: And Whereas Doubts have arisen whether the Commissioners and Governors of the Royal Hospital for Seamen atGreenwich , in the County of Kent , have, by virtue of the several Laws now in force, Power and Authority to grant Out Pensions for the Relief and Support of Petty Officers, Seamen and Marines, serving, or who may have served on board the Ships and Vessels of His Majesty, who, on account of the Length of their Service and their good and faithful Conduct, may be deserving thereof, unless such Seamen and Marines shall have become worn out or decrepit in His Majesty's Service; and it is therefore expedient that such Doubts should be removed, and effectual Provision made for enabling the said Commissioners and Governors to grant such Pensions and Rewards: And Whereas it is also expedient that the Funds belonging to the Chest at Greenwich should be transferred to and incorporated with the Funds of Greenwich Hospital, and be hereafter administered by the Commissioners and Governors of the said Hospital, for the Purposes aforesaid, and the other Purposes of the said Hospital:' 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, Thatit shall be lawful for the Commissioners and Governors ofGreenwich Hospital, by and out of their present Funds, and by and out of any Funds which may be by this Act, or at any time hereafter, given or transferred to or to the Use of the said Royal Hospital, to grant Pensions, Remunerations or Allowances, to Petty Officers, Seamen and Marines, who on account of the Length of their Services and good and faithful Conduct may be deemed deserving thereof, in like manner as Pensions, Remunerations and Allowances, are now granted to Petty Officers, Seamen and Marines, who have been wounded or become disabled or worn out in His Majesty's Service.
II Regulations for Pensions.
II. Provided always, and be it enacted, That the said Commissioners and Governors ofGreenwich Hospital shall, in granting Pensions, be hereafter guided by such Rules and Regulations, and by such Scale and Proportion, as His Majesty, his Heirs and Successors, shall think fit by any Order in Council from time to time to order, direct or establish for that Purpose.
III Chest at Greenwich dissolved.
III. And be it further enacted, That, from and after the First Day ofJanuary One thousand eight hundred and fifteen, the Body Politic and Corporate of the Supervisors of the Chest at Greenwich (a) shall be and the same is hereby declared to be utterly and for ever dissolved and extinguished; any Law, Statute or Charter, to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding; and that all Powers, Authorities and Duties, now existing in or exercised by the Supervisors of the said Chest at Greenwich , shall be and are hereby conveyed, transferred and given to and imposed upon the said Commissioners and Governors of the said Royal Hospital.
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