Red Cross Act, 1954

Restriction on use of certain emblems.

8.—(1) Section 4 of the Principal Act (which restricts the use of certain emblems and words) is hereby amended by the insertion after subsection (1) of the following subsection:—

“(1A) It shall not be lawful for any person to use for the purpose of trade or business or any other purpose whatsoever, without the consent of the Minister for Defence, the heraldic emblem of the red crescent on a white ground, the heraldic emblem of the red lion and sun on a white ground or any emblem closely resembling either of those heraldic emblems.”

(2) The restriction effected by subsection (1) of this section shall not apply where an emblem is used pursuant to a right acquired through the use of that emblem prior to the commencement of this Act.

(3) The Minister for Defence shall not give his consent for the purposes of subsection (1) or subsection (1A) of section 4 of the Principal Act save for purposes authorised in the Wounded and Sick Convention, the Maritime Convention, the Prisoners of War Convention or the Civilians Convention.