Chronological Table of the Statutes
PREFACE ............................................................. I Template:Pad vii
ABBREVIATIONS ....................................................... I Template:Pad xi
TABLE OF VARIANCES between Statutes of the Realm and
- Ruffhead's Edition ................................................. I Template:Pad 1
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF THE STATUTES:
SECTION 1: the Acts of the Parliaments of England, Great Britain
- Britain and the United Kingdom ..................................... I Template:Pad 11
SECTION 1 CONTINUED ................................................. II Template:Pad 883
SECTION 1 CONTINUED ................................................. III Template:Pad 1819
SECTION 2: the Acts of the Parliament of Scotland ................... III Template:Pad 2711
SECTION 3: the Acts of the Scottish Parliament ...................... III Template:Pad 2763
SECTION 4: the Measures of the National Assembly for
- Wales .............................................................. III Template:Pad 2797
SECTION 5: the Church Assembly Measures and General
- Synod Measures ..................................................... III Template:Pad 2799
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AUTHORITY FOR PUBLICATION
The official Chronological Table of the Statutes was first published in 1870 in pursuance of a suggestion made by Lord Cairns when Lord Chancellor to Lord Chelmsford. It has been prepared under the general direction of the former Statute Law Committee.
The Chronological Table of the Statutes is arranged in three Parts and has four Sections:-
- 1. Section 1 (in Parts I, II and III) comprises the Acts of the Parliaments of England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom from 1235 to the end of 2010, and lists
- (a) the Acts pinted in the edition of the Record Commissioners, known as Statutes of the Realm, so far as it extends (to the end of the reign of Queen Anne (13 Queen Anne) in 1713);
- (b) the Acts printed in Ruffhead's Edition (by Serjeant Runnington) so far as it extends (to the end of the session of the 25th year of the reign of King George the Third (25 Geo. 3) in 1785);
- (c) thenceforth all Acts printed by the King's or Queen's Printer as Public Acts or (since 1797) Public General Acts. 1
- 2. Section 2 (in Part III) comprises the Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland from 1424 to 1707.
- 3. Section 3 (in Part III) comprises the Acts of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 to the end of 2010
- 4. Section 4 (in Part III) comprises the Measures of the National Assembly for Wales from 2008 to the end of 2010
- 5. Section 5 (in Part III) comprises the Church Assembly Measures from 1920 to 1971 and the General Synod Measures from 1972 to the end of 2010
There is also a table of the variances between Statutes of the Realm and Ruffhead's Edition on pages 1 to 7. (The footnotes to relevant Acts up to 1713, which formerly appeared in the Table, can be found in the 1988 and earlier editions of the Chronological Table.)
- Chronological Tables for the Local Acts and for the Private and Personal Acts are now available as follows: The Chronological Table of Local Legislation 1797-1994 (ISBN 0-11-043002-6) prepared by the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission, published in 1996 by HMSO; The Chronological Table of Private and Personal Actsb 1539-1997 (ISBN 0-11-043006-9) prepared by the Law Commissions and published in 1999 by TSO; Internet versions of both Tables updated to December 31st 2008 are now available on the Official Legislation website at www.legislation.gov.uk and future updating will be to the internet versiions only.
1 In 1797 the series of public Acts was divided into a Public General series and a Public Local and Personal Series: see footnote to the year 1797 (38 Geo. 3) in the text post. Acts in the latter series are not listed in Section I.
Acts wholly or partly in force. The short title (or in the absence of a short title the general subject in square brackets) is printed in bold type. References are added to subsequent enactments by which the operation of the Act has been amended, extended, restricted or otherwise affected. These subsequent enactments may include Local Acts, Acts of the Scottish Parliament, Measures of the National Assembly for Wales, Church Assembly or General Synod Measures, Statutory Rules and Orders or Statutory Instruments. Acts of limited application and those in force only in Northern Ireland are, however, treated differently - see the relevant headings below. The subsequent enactments (to December 2010 for this edition) are treated as prospective where an Order or Instrument needed for their commencement was not itself in force on 31 December 2010.
Annotations are made in accordance with the following general practice-
- (a) in a few instances Acts have been partially repealed after having been wholly repealed; in such cases the later partial repeal is disregarded;
- (b) in other instances, Acts have been repealed more than once; in such cases a discretion is exercised as to which repeal should be entered, and in some cases more than one is entered;
- (c) a repeal made nugatory by an express or implied revival is not normally retained;
- (d) where a temporary Act has been repealed by an Act also temporary but lasting longer than the original Act would have lasted if not repealed, the repeal is treated as final;
- (e) where an Act has been partially repealed, and afterwards wholly repealed, the total repeal only is entered, except in the case of a partial repeal more extensive territorially than the total repeal;
- (f) in a like manner, partial repeals covered by later partial repeals, are frequently omitted;
- (g) the expiry in part of an Act which has not wholly ceased to be in force is not always shown.
Some Acts, passed by the Parliament of England or of Great Britain after the date of Poynings Act, purport to extend beyond England or Great Britain. Acts so extended are, in relation to Ireland, treated as Ante-Union Acts of the Parliament of Ireland, which are not included in this work. Accordingly, repeals of these Acts (ending with the reign of King James the Second) effected by the Statute Law Revision Act, 1863, are entered as unrestricted, though that Act is in terms limited to England. Repeals of these Acts effected by Acts other than the Statute Law Revision Act, have been dealt with thus:
- (a) where the repeals are limited territorially, the territorial limitation is noted where the Act repealed had a more extensive operation territorially than the repeal;
- (b) in other cases, the repeal is entered as unrestricted.
Occasionally, where an Act is amended by more than one Act, the second or subsequent amendment is expressed to operate upon the immediately preceding amending Act instead of upon the original Act. In such case the table does not always show the amendment against the original Act. It follows, therefore, that in all cases where an enactment is shown as having been amended, the amending enactment should be checked to see whether it has itself been amended so as to effect the original enactment.
Where an Act is entered as amended by an earlier Act this is a certain indication that the affecting Act has itself been amended. If the amendment is still prospective the entry will give the reference to the section or schedule of the more recent Act which has not yet come into force.
Before 1974, amendments made by Local and Personal Acts were not entered as a general rule, though they were when they came to notice. The fact that an amendment of an Act by a local Act passed before 1974 has been entered does not necessarily mean that all amendments of that Act by local Acts have been entered.
The amending enactments (to December 2010 for this edition) are treated as prospective where an Order or Instrument needed for their commencement was not itself in force on 31 December 2010.
It should be borne in mind that an individual section or schedule may be affected by an amendment (or other effect) to the Act as a whole or to a Part of an Act as a whole. In the case of lengthy Acts these whole Act effects may appear several pages earlier than the section or schedule itself.
Where a section is added and subsequently repealed the entry for the earlier insertion will fall. To trace the history of such sections the user may refer to earlier editions of the Table. History can also be traced using http://www.legislation.gov.uk
ACTS OF LIMITED APPLICATION
Certain Acts in section 1 are treated as being of limited application and are distinguished by an asterisk to denote that, as a general rule, they are either not annotated or are incompletely annotated. These Acts fall into two categories:-
- (1) Acts which apply only to individual localities or persons in Great Britain. If such Acts are believed to be in force their titles are printed in bold type; when known to have been repealed their titles are printed in italic type and the asterisk is removed.
- (2) Acts (ther than Idependence Acts) which apply to a country outside the United Kingdom, such as a Commonwealth country or the Republic of Ireland. These Acts have their titles printed in italic type. Where effects from subsequent United Kingdom Acts have been drawn to the attention of the editors these have been included
Acts in force only in Northern Ireland are treated as described in the following paragraph.
The Table shows the state of Acts only as they have effect in Great Britain.
Acts that extend to Northern Ireland are left unannotated so far as Northern Ireland is concerned, except where they are known to have been wholly repealed.
Those that are in force in Northern Ireland only 1 have their titles printed in italic type with the words "N. Irish" at the end of the entry.
To ascertain the state of an Act as it applies in Northern Ireland, reference should be made to the Chronological Table of the Statutes, Northern Ireland.
The Scottish Parliament was established in April 1999. Section 3 of the Table lists the Acts of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 in chronological order and annotates any effects on them by UK and Scottish legislation.
Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland 1424 to 1707 are listed and annotated in Section 2 of the Table.
Attention is drawn to the provisions of the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 asp 10 and in particular to section 5(2)(d) of that Act.
The National Assembly for Wales was established in 1999 and powers to pass Measures under section 94 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (c.32) came into force in May 2007. Section 4 of the Table lists the Measures of the National Assembly for Wales in chronological order and annotates any effects on them by UK and Welsh legislation. Whilst not affecting this edition of the Table, the editors note that following a referendum held on 4th March 2011, the Assembly Act provisions of the 2006 Act (see section 103(8) of the Act) came into force on 5th May 2011. For continuity of Measures of the National Assembly passed by that date but awaiting approval by Order in Council see SI 2011/1011, art 4.
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1 With the exception of Acts relating to Constitutional Law affecting Northern Ireland and certain Criminal Law Acts such as those with cross border provisions whose state is shown in the Table.