Index to the Statutes

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covering the legislation in force on
31st December 1990


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INDEX TO THE STATUTES (A-K) . . . . . . 1-1224


INDEX TO THE STATUTES (L-Z) . . . . . . 1225-2466

Appendices . . . . . . . . . . 2467-2468

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The official Index to the Statutes was first published in 1870 under the title Index to the Statutes in Force, in pursuance of a suggestion made by Lord Cairns when Lord Chancellor to Lord Chelmsford. It was prepared under the general direction of the Statute Law Committee, until that Committee was replaced by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay of Clashfern, in June 1991 with a new committee known as the Advisory Committee on Statute Law. The Statutory Publications Office, which prepares this Index, became part of the Lord Chancellor's Department in April 1990.


The Index covers the whole of the subsisting general statute law of the United Kingdom (including Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland and Measures of the Church Assembly and General Synod), except-

(a) Appropriation Acts and Consolidated Fund Acts, and
(b) Acts relating only to Northern Ireland (apart from those relating to constitutional matters). The substantive provisions of these Acts are comprehensively indexed in the Index to the Statutes, Northern Ireland.

Since the Index also serves as an Index to Statutes in Force (see under STRUCTURE below), it also covers a few Acts from the Local and Personal series and a few Acts of the Parliament of Ireland which are printed in Statutes in Force.


The Index is framed in accordance with the principles laid down in a paper of instructions prepared by Lord Thring in 1876. The scheme is to enter the statute law under subject-headings, divided in many cases into sub-headings. Under these headings and sub-headings, each item of statute law is entered briefly with a reference to the calendar year and chapter number of the Act and the number of the section or schedule in which it is contained.

At the beginning of each heading is a list of all the Acts referred to in the heading, each Act being cited by its calendar year, chapter number and short title (or where there is no short title its subject). It must not be assumed however that this list contains all the Acts relevant to the heading: others may be found by following up cros-references to other headings.

The Index also serves as an index to the official revised edition of the statutes known as Statutes in Force by having, after most of the Acts cited in a heading, a reference to the group (e.g. 86) or group and sub-group (e.g. 113:2) in which the relevant text of the Act can be found in Statutes in Force. The relevant texts of Acts which are followed by no group number is not printed in Statutes in Force, either because it is an amending provision, which has been carried into the text of the amended Act, or because the Act itself is excluded from the edition.

Individual provisions are not specifically indexed under more headings than is absolutely necessary, but extensive use is made of cross-references, both within and outside a heading, to enable the user to find the information he seeks.

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Where more than one Act is cited in a single entry, this is usually an indication that one of the earlier provisions has been amended. On the other hand, the fact that there is only one citation does not necessarily mean that the provision cited has not been amended, but it is an indication that there has been no relevant amendment. On this principle, under a Scottish heading an amendment that relates only to England and Wales will not be shown, and vice versa. For the complete history of a provision, regardless of the context in which it is cited, reference should be made to the Chronological Table of the Statutes published annually by HMSO.

Where a provision is shown as partially repealed, the reference to the partial repeal is retained after the repealing provision itself has been repealed, having regard to section 16 of the Interpretation Act 1978 (c.30, SIF 115:1).


Total repeal of a provision (other than a repealing provision) by a Statute Law Revision Act or a Statute Law (Repeals) Act receives the same treatment (i.e. removal of any reference to the repealed provision) as an ordinary total repeal. Partial repeals by such Acts were not shown until 1970, and even now they are only included where they alter the practical effect of a provision; minor repeals of obsolete material (such as references to repealed Acts) are not usually shown.


Legislation, including amendments and repeals, that is not yet in force is disregarded, so as to avoid confusion. Details of prospective amendments and repeals may be found in the Chronological Table of the Statutes, and also in the Table of Effect in the annual volume of Public General Acts and Measures for each year.


Sometimes a number of Acts on the same subject are given a collective title by which they may together be cited. In the Index, collective titles are given in footnotes to the Acts in the list at the beginning of headings. The Acts currently included in a collective title can be ascertained by selecting from the list of Acts those Acts that have the same footnote letter against them as the collective title footnote itself.


These Tables, on pink paper, were last printed in the 1988 edition. They contained chronological lists of Acts and Measures together with the location in the Index of their extant provisions.

With the approval of the Statute Law Committee, these Tables have been omitted from the Index as being of limited practical use to subscribers. The Statutory Publications Office will however continue to maintain the tables for editorial purposes, and a copy (containing some 500 pages) may be purchased on application to the Editor at the address given at the end of this Preface.

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Many headings relate to the whole of Great Britain. Where such a heading refers to a provision that is limited to a particular part of Great Britain (for example England and Wales or Scotland) the reference is distinguished with the letter "E", "W", "E&W", "S" or "L" (for London), as the case may require. Acts that extend to the whole of Great Britain are shown without any distinguishing lettering.

In a rarer kind of case, although the general law on the subject-matter of the heading relates to the whole of Great Britain, there is an appreciable quantity of additional legislation limited to a particular part of Great Britain, in most cases Scotland. Where this is so, the general law is entered under a heading containing no territorial designation (e.g. POLICE), and the additional matter is entered under a separate heading, similarly named but with the appropriate territorial designation added (e.g. POLICE, S) and with a cross-reference to the general heading for matters relating to the whole of Great Britain.


No mark is used in the entries to distinguish provisions of the Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland or Ireland, but in the list of Acts at the beginning of a heading these Acts are distinguished by an S or and I in heavy square brackets, thus [S] or [I].


Powers to make regulations and other subordinate legislation are shown briefly, but for full descriptions of the powers and particulars of their exercise reference should be made to the Index to Government Orders published biennially by HMSO.


Some of the Acts are limited in their application to particular areas, places or persons, and some others have effect only in certain Commonwealth countries outside the United Kingdom. As these Acts are not of general interest they have not been indexed in detail, and instead the user is referred to the Appendices in which the Acts are listed.


This Index covers only a few Local and Personal Acts which are considered to be of general interest and are printed in Statutes in Force. Those interested in other Local and Personal Acts should consult the Index to Local and Personal Acts 1801-1947 and thereafter the annual Index to Local and Personal Acts.


A Table of Variances between Statutes of the Realm and Ruffhead's edition appears in the Chronological Table of the Statutes.


Correspondence about the work may be addressed to the Editor, Statutory Publications Office, America House, 6-8 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2BP.

January 1992

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