Andy,it wass our habit of stopping neutral ships,not just US one, and checking for Contraband of War that started the US/British war of 1812andym said:It was repealed in 1812.As stated on the site linked above.It was one of the major reasons for the little known war between ourselves and the blossoming USA.Due to the time it took to recieve messages, the War was declared by the US, citing empressment as a Causus Belli,but it had been repealed before the declaration of War,but the US Govt werent party to this info till too late.So in effect the US had no claim upon us re Pressing of seamen.Sounds familiar,dont it?LOL
Hansard, 17 June 1992
Mr. Aitken : I hope that the hon. Gentleman will recognise that I am only a Defence Minister. I am not qualified to comment on matters of Scottish law. However, I will endeavour to answer his question at the end of the debate if I am given the leave of the House to do so, or I will write to him later.
Before that intervention, I was referring to a legal matter about consolidation. I am pleased to tell the House that the Law Commission has already begun work on that task. It is a much-needed operation because, metaphorically speaking, the MOD seems to contain a veritable legal attic full of antiquated service law that needs tidying up or, in some cases, sweeping away. I was amused to discover that naval recruitment by the press gang is still legal under the royal prerogative and that at least 44 separate statutes need to be considered by the Law Commission, ranging from the Regimental Accounts Act 1908, the Seamen's and Soldiers' False Characters Act 1906 and the Colonial Naval Defence Act 1831.
Bisley said:Have a read of the Reserve Forces Act 1996. You can still be pressed ganged whatever the length of time you have been out of the service. No longer is it 3 years in the RFR as occured with the old RFA 86. Watch out BLIAR needs you as an old recruit.