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Maritime Contracts Bill

Volume 229: debated on Thursday 4 May 1876

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asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether he will admit into the Maritime Contracts Bill a Clause invalidating stipula- tions introduced into Bills of lading for the purpose of exonerating the owner of the ship from liability in respect of the negligence or fault of himself, his agents, or his servants?

I wish to point out that the Maritime Contracts Bill has not yet come under discussion on the second reading; and, before considering any alteration or addition to it, I should be glad to have the advantage of a full discussion in this House, and I hope my right hon. Friend will not think me guilty of discourtesy if I defer my answer till the whole subject has been submitted to the attention of the House.