(1)In this Act, except so far as the context otherwise requires—
" the Board", except in Part III of this Act, means the National Dock Labour Board or any other body for the time being constituted or prescribed under the 1946 Act to be responsible for the administration of any labour scheme;
" cargo " includes anything carried or to be carried in a ship or other vessel;
" the Council" means the National Ports Council established under the 1964 Act;
" dock business " means so much of a business or undertaking as relates to dock work, including any ancillary activities which it is necessary to carry on in connection with dock work;
" dock work ", in relation to any port, means work which is treated for the purposes of any labour scheme as dock work at that port;
" dock worker" means a person employed or to be employed on dock work ;
" factory inspector " means an inspector appointed under section 145 of the Factories Act 1961 ;
" harbour authority ", except in Part III of this Act, means any person engaged (whether or not in the exercise and performance of statutory powers and duties), or proposing to become engaged, in the improvement, maintenance or management of a harbour within the meaning of the 1964 Act;
" labour scheme " means a scheme for the time being in force under the 1946 Act;
" licence " means a licence under this Act;
" local board " means a board constituted under the 1946 Act to be responsible for the local administration of any labour scheme;
" the Minister " means in Part I and, without prejudice to section 50 of this Act, in Part III of this Act the Minister of Transport and in Part II of this Act the Minister of Labour;
"the 1946 Act" means the Dock Workers (Regulation of Employment) Act 1946;
"the 1964 Act" means the Harbours Act 1964;
" permanent worker " means a registered dock worker (other than a supplementary worker) who is employed under a contract which requires at least one week's notice for its termination;
" registered dock worker " means a dock worker whose name is for the time being entered in the register of dock workers kept under a labour scheme and " registered employer " means an employer of dock workers whose name is for the time being entered in the employers' register kept under any such scheme;
" supplementary worker " means a registered dock worker whose name is entered in the said register of dock workers for a limited period ;
" unavailable worker " means a worker who under a labour scheme is not required to be allocated to, and taken into employment as a permanent worker by, a registered employer.
(2)Before making an order under section 2(3) of this Act as respects any port, or exercising as respects any port any functions under Part I of this Act or so much of this Part of this Act as relates to the said Part I, the Minister of Transport shall—
(a)if the port is a marine work within the meaning of the 1964 Act, consult the Secretary of State; and
(b)if the port is a fishery harbour within the meaning of that Act, consult the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food;
and Part I and this Part of this Act shall have effect accordingly.
(3)In this Act, except so far as the context otherwise requires, any reference to employment shall be construed as a reference to employment on dock work, and cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly.
(4)Any reference to a port in the provisions of Part I of this Act (other than section 2(2) or (3)) or of Part II of this Act or the next following section shall be construed as including a reference to any place in the vicinity of that port; but a place shall not be treated for the purposes of this Act as being in the vicinity of a port if it is in the area of another port.
(5)Where an appeal is brought or an objection is made to the Minister of Transport under any provision of Part I of this Act and is subsequently withdrawn, the appeal or objection shall be treated for the purposes of this Act as disposed of at the time it is withdrawn.
(6)References in this Act to any enactment shall, except where the context otherwise requires, be construed as references to that enactment as amended, extended or applied by or under any other enactment, including any enactment contained in this Act.