Statute Law Revision Act 1908

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The Statute Law Revision Act 1908
Source: The Public General Acts passed in the eight year of the reign of His Majesty King Edward the Seventh. HMSO. London. 1908. Pages 232 to 297.


An Act for further promoting the Revision of the Statute Law by repealing Enactments which have ceased to be in force or have become unnecessary. [21st December 1908.]

WHEREAS it is expedient that certain enactments which may be regarded as spent, or have ceased to be in force otherwise than by express specific repeal by Parliament, or have, by lapse of time or otherwise, become unnecessary, should be expressly and specifically repealed:

Be it therefore enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

Enactments in schedule repealed.

1. The enactments described in the schedule to this Act are hereby repealed, subject to the provisions of this Act and subject to the exceptions and qualifications in the said schedule mentioned; and every part of a title, preamble, or recital, specified after the words "in part, namely," in connexion with an Act mentioned in the said schedule may be omitted from any revised edition of the statues published by authority after the passing of this Act, and there may be added in the said edition such brief statement of the Acts, officers, persons, and things mentioned in the title, preamble, or recital, as may in consequence of such omission appear necessary:

Provided as follows:-

The repeal of any words or expressions of enactment described in the said schedule shall not affect the binding force, operation, or construction of any statute, or of any part of a statute, whether as respects the past or the future;

and where any enactment not comprised in the said schedule has been repealed, confirmed, revived, or perpetuated by any enactment hereby repealed, such repeal, confirmation, revivor, or perpetuation shall not be affected by the repeal effected by this Act;

and the repeal by this Act of any enactment or schedule shall not affect any enactment in which such enactment or schedule has been applied, incorporated, or referred to;

nor shall such repeal of any enactmentaffect any right to any hereditary revenues of the Crown, or affect any charges thereupon or prevent any such enactment from being put in force for the collection of any such revenues, or otherwise in relation thereto;

and this Act shall not affect the validity, invalidity, effect, or consequences of anything already done or suffered,-or any existing status or capacity,-or any right, title, obligation, or liability, already acquired, accrued, or incurred, or any remedy or proceeding in respect thereof,-or any release or discharge of or from any debt, penalty, obligation, liability, claim, or demand,-or any indemnity,-or the proof of any past act or thing;

nor shall this Act affect any principle or rule of law or equity, or established jurisdiction, form or course of pleading, practice, or procedure, or the general or public nature of any statute, or any existing usage, franchise, liberty, custom, privilege, restriction, exemption, office, appointment, payment, allowance, emolument, or benefit, or any prospective right, notwithstanding that the same respectively may have been in any manner affirmed, recognised, or derived by, in, or from any enactment hereby repealed;

nor shall this Act revive or restore any jurisdiction, office, duty, drawback, fee, payment, franchise, liberty, custom, liability, right, title, privilege, restriction, exemption, usage, practice, procedure, form of punishment, or other matter or thing not now existing or in force;

and this Act shall not extend to repeal any enactment so far as the same may be in force in any part of His Majesty's dominions out of the United Kingdom, except where otherwise expressed in the said schedule.

Application of repealed enactments in local courts.

2. If and so far as any enactment repealed by this Act applies or may have been by Order in Council applied to the court of the county palatine of Lancaster or to any inferior court of civil jurisdiction, such enactment shall be construed as if it were contained in a local and personal Act specially relating to such court and shall have effect accordingly.

Short title.

3. This Act may be cited as the Statute Law Revision Act, 1908.

Reign and Chapter. Short Title.
59 & 60 Vict. :
c. 2. The Army (Annual) Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
Preamble.
Sections two and three.
Schedule.
c. 3. The Consolidated Fund (No. 1) Act, 1896.
c. 4. The Local Government (Elections) (No. 2) Act, 1896.
c. 6. The Naval Works Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
Preamble.
c. 7. The Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Act, 1896.
c. 9. The Local Government (Determination of Differences) Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
Section two.
c. 10. The Dispensary Committees (Ireland) Act, 1896.
c. 12. The Derelict Vessels (Report) Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
Section two, the words "after the passing of this Act".
c. 13. The Incumbents of Benefices Loans Extension Act, 1896.
c. 14. The Short Titles Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
Section four.
First Schedule, the entries relating to the following Acts:-
13 Geo. 1. c. 26 ; 13 Geo. 1. c. 30 ; 5 Geo. 2. c. 18 ; 18 Geo. 2. c. 20 ; 19 Geo. 2. c. 37 ; 29 Geo. 2. c. 36 ; 31 Geo. 2. c. 41 ; 41 Geo. 3. U.K. c. 109 ; 1 & 2 Geo. 4. c. 23 ; 3 Geo. 4. c. 91 ; 5 Geo. 4. c. 96 ; 6 Geo. 4 c. 78 ; 9 Geo. 4. c. 58 ; 2 & 3 Will. 4. c. 85 ; 3 & 4 Will. 4. c. 76 ; 3 & 4 Will. 4. c. 77; 4 & 5 Will. 4. c. 30 ; 6 & 7 Will. 4. c. 11 ; 6 & 7 Will. 4. c. 107 ; 6 & 7 Will. 4. c. 115 ; 7 Will. 4. & 1 Vict. c. 17 ; 1 & 2 Vict. c. 115 ; 1 & 2 Vict. c. 116 ; 2 & 3 Vict. c. 58 ; 3 & 4 Vict. c. 31 ; 10 & 11 Vict. c. 91 ; 11 & 12 Vict. c. 32 ; 12 & 13 Vict. c. 69 ; 15 & 16 Vict. c. 32 ; 16 & 17 Vict. c. 27 ; 16 & 17 Vict. c. 67 ; 16 & 17 Vict. c. 74 ; 19 & 20 Vict. c. 116 ; 23 & 24 Vict. c. 47 ; 24 & 25 Vict. c. 36 ; 24 & 25 Vict. c. 46 ; 25 & 26 Vict. c. 59; 26 & 27 Vict. c. 100 ; 27 & 28 Vict. c. 27 ; 27 & 28 Vict. c. 42 ; 28 & 29 Vict. c. 40 ; 28 & 29 Vict. c. 60 ; 30 & 31 Vict. c. 112 ; 34 & 35 Vict. c. 18 ; 37 & 38 Vict. c. 41 ; 37 & 38 Vict. c. 52 ; 38 & 39 Vict. c. 54 ; 39 & 40 Vict. c. 12 ; 39 & 40 Vict. c. 25 ; 39 & 40 Vict. c. 38 ; 40 & 41 Vict. c. 17 ; 41 & 42 Vict. c. 24 ; 43 & 44 Vict. c. 1.
Second Schedule, the entries relating to the following groups of Acts:-
The Factory and Workshop Acts, 1878 to 1895.
The Friendly Societies Acts, 1875 to 1895.
The Justices Qualification Acts, 1731 to 1875.
The Licensing (Scotland) Acts, 1828 to 1887.
The Open Spaces Acts, 1877 to 1890.
c. 15. The Diseases of Animals Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
Section one, subsection (2).
Section two.
c. 16. The Agricultural Rates Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
Section seven, subsection (1).
Schedule from "school" to the end of the schedule.
c. 18. The Fisheries (Norfolk and Suffolk) Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
Section one, subsection (1), from "and of," to "of Suffolk".
c. 19. The Public Health Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
Sections three, six, and seven.
Schedule.
c. 21. The Liverpool Court of Passage Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
Preamble.
Section one, the words "and whenever at any time after the passing of this Act".
c. 23. The Public Offices (Westminster) Site Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
Preamble.
c. 24. The Edinburgh General Register House Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
Preamble.
c. 25. The Friendly Societies Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
The words "continue to" wherever occuring in sections one, two, and four.
Section one hundred and seven.
Section one hundred and eight, from "shall come" to "and".
Third Schedule.
c. 26. The Collecting Societies and Industrial Assurance Companies Act, 1896.
In part, namely,-
Section eighteen.
Section nineteen, from "shall come" to "and".
Schedule.
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