Statute Law Revision Act 1953

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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 and by correcting certain errors in the First Schedule to the Statute Law Revision Act, 1950, and for facilitating the publication of Revised Editions of the Statutes. [18th December 1953.]

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specific repeal, or have, by lapse of time or otherwise, become unnecessary, should be expressly and specifically repealed:

Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's most Exceelent 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:-

Repeal of enactments.

1. The enactments referred to in the first and second columns of the First Schedule to this Act, the enactments of the Irish Parliament passed before the commencement of the Union with Ireland Act, 1800, referred to in the first and second columns of the Secons Schedule to this Act, and the enactments of the Church Assembly referred to in the first and second columns of the Third Schedule to this Act, are, subject to the provisions of this Act, hereby repealed to the extent specified in relation to them in the third column of the said First, Second or Third Schedule, as the casev may be; and every part of a title, preamble or recital mentioned in any of the said third columns may be omitted from any revised edition of the statutes published by authority, and from any revised edition of the statutes affecting Northern Ireland, whereof the publication shall have been authorised or directed by the Parliament of Northern Ireland, and there may be added in any such 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 schedules 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and where any enactment not comprised in the said schedules has been repealed, confirmed, revived, or perpetuated by any enactment hereby repealed, such repeal, confirmation, revivor, or perpetuation shall not be affected by the repeal effected by this Act;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 enactment 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 enactment affect 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 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, state, degree, style, dignity, title, honour, 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 Her Majesty's dominions out of the United Kingdom, except where otherwise expressed in the said schedules.

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.

Certain references in Statute Law Revision Act, 1950, Sch. 1, to be deemed omitted.

3. The sections specified in the first column of the Fourth Schedule to this Act shall have effect, and be deemed always to have had effect, as if the references in the First Schedule to the Statute Law Revision Act, 1950, to the words and subsection respectively of those sections which are specified in the second column of the Fourth Schedule to this Act had been omitted from the said Act of 1950.

Provisions relating to Northern Ireland.

4.-(1) In its application to Northern Ireland, this Act shall, as respects matters within the powers of the Parliament of Northern Ireland, be subject to alteration by that Parliament as if it had been an Act passed before the appointed day within the meaning of the Government of Ireland Act, 1920.
(2) Without prejudice to any other saving contained in this Act, the repeal by this Act of any enactment shall not prejudice or affect the continued operation of section twenty of the Irish Church Act, 1869.

Short title.

5. This Act may be cited as the Statute Law Revision Act, 1953.



Session and Number Short Title. Extent of Repeal.
3 & 4 Geo. 6. No. 2. The Benefice Buildings (Postponement of Inspections and Repayment of Loans) Measure, 1940. The whole Measure.
8 & 9 Geo. 6. No. 1. The Emergency Legislation Measure, 1944. Section seven.



Relevant sections Words and subsection references to which are to be deemed omitted from the Act of 1950
Section twenty-two of the Naval Volunteers Act, 1853. The words "any such" where occurring for the last time.
16 & 17 Vict. c. 73.
Section five of the National Debt Act, 1870. The words "The perpetual annuities described in the first schedule to this Act", and the word "and" which precedes the words "the several capital sums".
33 & 34 Vict. c. 71.
Section ten of the Agricultural Development Act, 1939. Subsection (2).
2 & 3 Geo. 6. c. 48.

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