Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1977

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An Act to promote the reform of the statute law by the repeal, in accordance with recommendations of the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission, of certain enactments which (except in so far as their effect is preserved) are no longer of practical utility; and to facilitate the citation of statutes. [16th June 1977]

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen'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:-

Repeals and associated amendments.

1.-(1) The enactments mentioned in Schedule 1 to this Act are hereby repealed to the extent specified in the third column of that Schedule.

(2) The enactments mentioned in Schedule 2 to this Act are, in consequence of certain of the repeals made by this Act, hereby amended as provided by that Schedule.

Saving as to evidence of marriage.

2. The repeal by this Act of the enactments specified in Part XII of Schedule 1 to this Act does not affect the admissibility of any register of marriage, or copy, as evidence of marriage.

Citation of Acts.

3. The Acts mentioned in Schedule 3 to this Act (none of which has hitherto had a short title) may be cited by the short titles respectively assigned to those Acts in the third column of that Schedule.


4.-(1) This Act extends to Northern Ireland.

(2) As respects the repeal of the Chinese Passengers Act 1855[1] (Part XV of Schedule 1 to this Act), this Act extends to Hong Kong.

(3) Her Majesty may by Order in Council provide that the repeal by this Act of any enactment specified in the Order shall on a date so specified extend to any of the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man; and (so far as material in consequence of any repeal extended by the Order to the Isle of Man) an Order under this subsection may provide that the amendment made by this Act to the Army Reserve Act 1962[2] shall extend to the Isle of Man.

Short title.

5. This Act may be cited as the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1977.

Chapter Title or short title Extent of repeal
1968 c. 54. Theatres Act 1968. Section 19(2), (4), (5) and (6).
In Schedule 2, in the entry relating to section 395 of the Burgh Police (Scotland) Act 1892, the words "the words 'stage plays or other' shall be omitted;", and the words "and the words from 'without prejudice' to the end shall be omitted"; in the entry relating to section 402 of that Act the words "the words 'stage plays or' shall be omitted;"; and the entries relating to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1947.
Schedule 3.
1969 c. 48. Post Office Act 1969. In Schedule 4, paragraphs 17, 20, 24, 50 and 93(1)(xiii).
1970 c. 31. Administration of Justice Act 1970. Section 2(5).
1974 c. 36. Mines (Working Facilities and Support) Act 1974. Section 2.
1975 c. 24. House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975. Section 10(2).
Schedule 3.
1975 c. 25. Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975. Section 5(2).
Schedule 3.
1976 c. 16. Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1976. In Schedule 2, in Part I, the entry relating to the Licensing (Scotland) Act 1903; and in Part II, the entry relating to the Miscellaneous Financial Provisions Act 1955.



Reserve and Auxilliary Forces (Protection of Civil Interests) Act 1951

In section 64(1) of the Reserve and Auxilliary Forces (Protection of Civil Interests) Act 1951,[4] in the definition of "short period of training", for "paragraph 7 thereof" substitute "paragraph 7 of the First Schedule to this Act".

City of London (Guild Churches) Act 1952

In proviso (c) to section 12(8) of the City of London (Guild Churches) Act 1952,[5] for the words "any emoluments paid to him pursuant to section 12 of the Welsh Cathedrals Act 1843" substitute "the annuity, now charged on certain property of the University of Wales, paid to him".

Highways Act 1959

In the Highways Act 1959[6]-

(a) in section 222(9), for the words "any such right", in the second place where they occur, substitute "any right pursuant to the said subsection (3) (whether by the owners of a bridge or by a highway authority)"; and
(b) in section 223(1), for the words "nor shall anything in the said Part III" substitute "nothing in Part III of the First Schedule to that Act shall".

Army Reserve Act 1962

In section 4 of the Army Reserve Act 1962[7]-

(a) in subsection (2), after "1955, shall" insert "subject to subsection (2A) below" and omit the words from "but, in the case of" onwards;
(b) after subsection (2) insert:-
"(2A) In the case of a person who does not for the time being hold a commission-
(a) the provisions of the Army Act 1955 applied by subsection (2) above shall not include section 13, 15, 17 or 18(2), or the proviso to section 3(3); and
(b) section 9(1) of that Act (circumstances in which discharge or transfer to reserve is to be postponed) shall have effect, as so applied, with the omission of the words 'or he is serving outside the United kingdom'.".

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1963

In section 26(2) of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1963,[8] for "that Schedule" substitute "Schedule 3 to this Act".



Chapter Title Short title
48 Geo. 3. c. 73. An Act to improve the Land Revenue of the Crown in England, and also of His Majesty's Duchy of Lancaster. Duchy of Lancaster Act 1808.
57 Geo. 3. c. 97. An Act for ratifying Articles of Agreement entered into by the Right Honourable Henry Hall Viscount Gage, and the Commissioners of His Majesty's Woods, Forests and Land Revenues; and for the better Management and Improvement of the Land Revenues of the Crown. Duchy of Lancaster Act 1817.
59 Geo. 3. c. 86. An Act for the better Collection and Recovery of Gale Rents in the Forest of Dean, in the County of Gloucester. Dean Forest Act 1819.
1 & 2 Geo. 4. c. 52. An Act to improve the Land Revenues of the Crown, and of His Majesty's Duchy of Lancaster, and for making Provisions and Regulations for the better Management thereof. Duchy of Lancaster Act 1821.
6 & 7 Vict. c. 31. An Act to enable the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital to purchase certain Parcels of land for the Benefit of the said Hospital, and for other purposes. Chelsea Hospital Act 1843.
22 & 23 Vict. c. 19. An Act to repeal Part of an Act passed in the Thirteenth Year of Elizabeth, Chapter Twenty-nine, concerning the several Incorporations of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and the Confirmation of the Charters, Liberties, and Privileges granted to either of them. Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1859.
24 & 25 Vict. c. 40. An Act to make further Provision for the Management of Her Majesty's Forest of Dean, and of the Mines and Quarries therein and in the Hundred of Saint Briavels in the County of Gloucester. Dean Forest Act 1861.
31 & 32 Vict. c. 35. An Act to extend the Provision in "The Duchy of Cornwall Management Act, 1863," relating to permanent Improvements. Duch of Cornwall Managment Act 1868.

  1. Marginal citation: 1855 c. 104.
  2. Marginal citation: 1962 c. 10
  3. Marginal note: Section 1(2).
  4. Marginal citation: 1951 c. 65.
  5. Marginal citation: 1952 c. xxxviii.
  6. Marginal citation: 1959 c. 25.
  7. Marginal citation: 1962 c. 10.
  8. Marginal citation: 1963 c. 39.
  9. Marginal note: Section 3.

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