11. Requisition of British ships.

11.     Requisition of British ships.

In time of war or national emergency the Crown has a prerogative right to requisition British ships in territorial waters1. The requisition of ships and of anything on board ship2 and the requisition of shipping space were effected during the Second World War under defence regulations3 and compensation was payable in accordance with statute4, there being established a shipping claims tribunal for determining disputes as to the payment of compensation5.

Other property may be requisitioned in accordance with statutory powers or under the royal prerogative6