FROM THE JOINT COMMITTEE OF BOTH HOUSES
APPOINTED TO SCRUTINIZE STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS*
ORDERED TO REPORT:
1. The Committee has considered the
instruments set out in the Annex to this Report and has determined
that the special attention of both Houses does not require to
be drawn to any of them.
2. A memorandum by the Department
of Health in connection with the National Health Service (Vocational
Training for General Medical Practice) Regulations 1997 (S.I.
1997/2817) is printed in Appendix I to this Report.
(OIL POLLUTION) (PITCAIRN) ORDER 1997 (S.I. 1997/2585)
MERCHANT SHIPPING (OIL POLLUTION)
(SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS) ORDER 1997 (S.I. 1997/2587)
3. The Committee draws the special
attention of both Houses to these Orders on the grounds that they
are defectively drafted in three respects.
In section 166(1) in the Schedule
to the Pitcairn Order (S.I. 1997/2585), and in section 177(1)
in the Schedules to both of the Orders, the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office admit in response to a question by the Committee that the
words "damage done to a ship" should in each
case be "damage done by a ship" and undertake
to correct the mistakes at the earliest opportunity. Their memorandum
is printed in Appendix II. The Committee reports for defective
drafting in respect of each case, acknowledged by the Department.
1 * The Orders of Reference of the Committee are set
out in the First Report, Session 1997-98 (HL Paper 4; HC 33-i). Back